We’re always on the look out for new places for our photography adventures. Marks is wonderful at pinpointing areas of interest within easy driving distance. We usually scout out the area first with 35 mm cameras before dragging out all the medium format gear. We like to give you a view of the “real Florida” that surrounds us. The places that are hidden away and not well sign posted. That was the case with Haw Creek Preserve.
Haw Creek Preserve is tucked away in western Flagler County.This is a 1,005-acre tract of land bordering Haw Creek for about two miles on its southern boundary. This area was set aside to preserve the cypress oak and hardwood swamp that borders Haw Creek. Many Haw trees line the creek and produce the small apple-like fruit from which the creek gets its name. The fruit is popular for making jelly. Nope, I don’t make jelly. In fact, I’ve never even seen the fruit even though I’m sure it’s there. This fantastic area has a super long boardwalk which meanders through the preserve some 4 to 5 feet off the ground. The boardwalk affords views for the creek from different vantage points.
Above a view of the boardwalk as it winds its way through the surrounding wetlands and woods along the creek.
Arriving early in the morning finds the creek without a ripple. Perfect for photographing reflections. It had been raining in the days prior to our visit and the film you see on top of the water is the run off from the banks and trees.
Heat of the day causes the normal build up of afternoon clouds in advance of our daily thunderstorms.
Spanish moss and air plants growing on the trees are always great for texture and detail when photographing in black and white.
Taken from the 1/2 mile long boardwalk through the swamp of Haw Creek State Preserve. A single scrub oak grows among the palms.
A glimpse into the wilder side of Florida. What we like to call the “real Florida”.
All photographs above are scanned from silver gelatin prints which are produced in our own darkroom. Technical details, including camera equipment, developing and printing details can be found here:-
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