We encountered this lovely fellow on our walk yesterday through “Coastal Strand Trail”. He was standing on the small dock overlooking the river. It really looked like he was debating whether or not to go for a swim but stayed on the dock long enough for us to snap a few shots of him.
Should I or shouldn’t I
The posted sign showed “Alligators No Swimming”. He wasn’t really sure whether we were the threat or the gators. This was a big decision for Pelly Pelican. What would he do next?
He wasn’t very graceful
Still looking but his wings showed the decision was made and he was going to go for it. Graceful he wasn’t. He tripped over the ledge and ended up doing a resounding belly flop into the water.
Have a nice “trip” Pelly
Have a nice “trip” Pelly Pelican.
With the weather being up and down, one day cold and wet, the next warm and wet, we’ve been spending some time working in the darkroom on our “alternative process” prints. The salt print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period from 1839 through approximately 1860. It was created by the British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. On his first attempts paper coated with a silver nitrate solution and exposed to light only gave a faint metallic silver image. He later discovered that by first applying salt to the paper and then coating it with the silver nitrate solution he could get a much stronger image. This is pretty much the same way we create salt prints today. Here are a few from our darkroom.
Haw Creek Salt Print
Wood Burning Stove Salt Print
Bulow Woods Tree Salt Print
Hickory Nut Tree Roots Salt Print
Bulow Swamp Salt Print
Turkey Tail Fungi Salt Print
The softer antique look of these prints are a different look from our silver gelatins which had a clarity and uber sharpness to them. We hope you’ll like these. Let us know what you think.
We went out this morning with every intention of getting some shots of our highly elusive deer and wild hog. The animals had other ideas or other plans, who knows. They definitely didn’t show. We sat for about an hour in one place with no luck whatsoever, not even an armadillo wanting to pose. However, when you’re out in a beautiful natural setting like Bulow Woods it’s never a wasted trip. Here are few from today’s outing, some in black and white and some in color. Some of us and some of the gorgeous wildness around us.
Bulow Woods Swamp
Bulow Woods Swamp
Marks getting the shot
Thank goodness for waterproof boots
Just a few from both of us from both Bulow woods and in and around the garden. Enjoy the weekend everyone :) .
We’ve been practicing wih the cameras for a few weeks now and both of us honestly agree there’s a huge difference between digital and film photography. We’re discovering something new every time we use the cameras. Bulow Woods has several hiking trails that take you through a variety of wonderful Florida nature. There’s always the chance of spotting deer, wild hog, armadillo and many bird species. With the recent rains the past few months various parts are flooded but good waterproof snake boots make that a non issue for us. We seldom stick to the trails and found one of our favorite swamps nice and wet. Once again those waterproof boots came in handy. Here’s a selection from our trip yesterday to Bulow Woods from both of us.
Marks will tell you that I love my Florida Fungi and he’s not wrong. I love finding these small gems of nature. The plentiful rains these past couple of months means there’s an abundance of them to be found growing on downed trees and in little nooks and crannies surrounded by moss. Nature’s perfect way of recycling the dead trees which provide the growing material that these fungi need. The circle of life in the woods. From turkey tail fungi or “Trametes Versicolor” to small button mushrooms, I just love them all. Here are some of my favorites taken in January this year.
Have a fabulous Friday and weekend everyone.
Nature in monochrome. Bulow Woods with its gnarly roots tenuously holding onto life, deep dark swampy growth, and fallen trees providing nutrients for new growth. Winter provides some of the best opportunities for photography for us as the lack of foliage bares some of the marvels that shows off nature’s resilience to its best.
We’ve had fun this week both in the woods photographing (sans mosquitoes – yay!) as well as in the darkroom. Hope you enjoy some of the latest fruits of our labor.
Happy weekend everyone.