Yesterday Marks and I finally managed to get out and shoot a couple of rolls of film each.
We were unable to go back to Tiger Bay because it’s hunting season. I don’t know about you but I’m not partial to being target practice for some happy go lucky hunter. As we usually venture off the beaten path it could mean that we would end up in someone’s gun sights. Instead we ended up at Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County.
Princess Place Preserve with its rich history and 1500 pristine acres, attracts nature enthusiasts from near and far. Visitors can take in the environment on one of the many hiking trails, spend time fishing in the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek, or camp out under the stars, or take photographs. The great thing is that during the week there are very few people around. You have the whole place virtually to yourself. Great photographic opportunities.
History of Princess Place Preserve
At the confluence of Pellicer Creek and the Matanzas River, Princess Place Preserve is a Flagler County park protecting the oldest homestead in the county, Cherokee Grove. In 1791, this land grant from the King of Spain was quickly planted in orange groves.
By 1886, it passed into the hands of Henry Cutting, who constructed an Adirondack-style hunting lodge on the shores of the Matanzas River using local materials—pink coquina, cedar trunks, and cabbage palm trunks. He also built Florida’s first in-ground pool, fed by an artesian spring. Cherokee Grove became a popular stop for New England socialites. After Henry died, his widow Angela married an exiled Russian prince, Boris Scherbatoff. Angela assumed the title of princess and it was then that the once named “Cherokee Grove” came to be known as “Princess Place. Together, they lived in Cherokee Grove, entertaining royalty in a royal setting. The homestead became a park in 1993.
The original lodge built by Henry Cutting stills stands as Flagler County’s oldest intact structure. Also remaining on site is Florida’s very first in-ground artesian spring fed swimming pool which has a wooden pool house. Very unique.
Marks and I took two rolls of film each and although the weather wasn’t absolutely perfect with a stiff breeze but should still have something to post within the next week or so. Stay tuned for more.
Meanwhile I’m going to leave you with a couple of the Tiger Bay shots that I hadn’t posted yet. These are of the clouds rolling in over Indian Lake. (Photos by Joey)
The above photos were taken using the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, using an 80mm lens with a #25 red filter. The film used was Ilford HP5 @200 which was developed in Xtol 1:1. Printed on Arista EDU Ultra VCFB using Ethol LPD 1:1.
The Marshmallow clouds were bleached back for 4:20 and then Sepia toned for 8:30.
The second print was bleached back for 4:00 and then Sepia toned for 7:00
Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend and remember, both of us love to hear if you like what you see.