History of Tiger Bay
As I didn’t provide this in any of the prior posts, I thought you might like to read about some of the history of this beautiful area.
Tiger Bay State Forest consists of large areas of swamp with embedded pine islands and a large pine ridge area. The purchase of this forest began in 1977 under the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, with additional acquisitions made in 1994 and 1998. Tiger Bay State Forest is located among several publicly owned lands which create wildlife corridors for species listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern. Roaming habitat is available for the Florida black bear as well as potential nesting and foraging area for the bald eagle.
Tiger Bay State Forest was severely impacted by the 1998 Summer Wildfire Firestorm. Approximately 15,000 acres (61 km2) of the forest were burned during these catastrophic wildfires. Restoration included extensive salvage timber removal and reforestation efforts have been completed.
Tiger Bay State Forest was named after its largest physiographic feature, Tiger Bay, an extensive wetland that provides a critical aquifer recharge for the local area. Pine islands are dotted throughout the extensive hydric swamp forest and comprise 40% of the property. Also found on the forest are two lakes, Indian Lake and Scoggin Lake, and several ponds. Coon Pond is a natural water body, while Rattlesnake Pond, Woody Pond, and Ranch Pond are man-made ponds that are available to the public for fishing. Three additional unnamed man-made ponds are also located in the forest.
Most of the oak trees in this area have this wonderful, almost spooky looking (so appropriate for Halloween), Spanish Moss hanging from the limbs. The hanging moss hangs from the trees year round.
The moon still high in the sky over what remains of Indian Lake. Marks had already stated in a prior post that many of the surrounding cities have depleted this natural water source by pumping water from this lake. The dock that used to be used by fishermen is now high and dry well above the small beach and the water line.
Camera used was the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Film Ilford HP5 @ 200. Lens 80mm with a #25 Red filter. Developer Xtol 1:1. Both were printed on Arista EDU Ultra using LPD 1:1. Scanned silver gelatin prints.
The Spanish Moss print was bleached back for 4:30 minutes and thereafter Sepia toned for 2:50 minutes.
The Moon over Indian Lake was bleached back for 4:00 minutes and Sepia toned for 5:00 minutes.
That pretty much brings to an end the Tiger Bay series from both of us. We will be posting our Princess Preserve series soon, so stay tuned for more.
Thanks for visiting and both of us would love to hear your comments. Have a great rest of the weekend.