The weekend is upon us again and, joy of joys, the weather is starting to cool down just a tad. Not a lot, but we’re no longer sweltering in the mid to high 90’s. It’s actually pleasant first thing in the morning so we’re hoping that we can get out and photograph more of our beloved beautiful “wild” real Florida soon.
We still have some more images to share with you from our previous trip to Haw Creek.
A swamp area of Haw Creek State Preserve where there are many cypress trees. In the area there is an abundance of cypress knees. No one really knows what the purpose the knees provide. Two theories 1. they assist with oxygen transfer to the tree and 2. they provide extra ground support in the very soft ground. The knees took a big hit when it was popular to cut the knees off at the ground level. They were then used for lamps and other decorations.This is now prohibited by law.
Taken with the little toy plastic camera, the Holga 120N, the creek takes on a totally different look. Almost other worldly as the Holga’s plastic lens has some distinctive distortions.
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.
This is one of the “off ramps” of the boardwalk that leads to the creek and overlook. Look hard and you will see me in the distance. It’s kind of like find Waldo (or find Joey). Oh and I don’t have a hunchback. That’s my backpack with all my camera equipment. Gives you an idea what we tote around with us.
“Oh, when the sun beats down
And burns the tar up on the roof
And your shoes get so hot
You wish your tired feet were fireproof – The Drifters 1964″
Not entirely appropriate (and we were not under the boardwalk) but it was certainly hot. Marks setting up his shot on the boardwalk at Haw Creek Preserve (and a better view of the backpack!!)
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”
Cypress trees along the edge of Haw Creek. There’s something so profoundly beautiful about the order of nature. Everything has its place. Peace surrounds you. Technology left far behind. Nothing but the sound of birds, the chatter of squirrels, the occasional bark of wild hog and the scampering of deer. Did I mention I love nature?
This a part of the 1/2 mile long boardwalk through Haw Creek Preserve. It provides a very nice vantage point for observing the flora and fauna. The leg to the left is one of the “off ramps” that takes one to the creek side overlooks.These overlooks provide you with a place to sit and listen to nature. You can see birds, alligators an occasional hog and of course the fish jump for your added pleasure. If you notice the chunks of limb laying on the walk was part of a pretty good sized rotten limb. Glad I wasn’t standing there when it fell.
Sometimes conditions are just perfect. The water is calm, the puffy white clouds are out and this type of opportunity to get an almost perfect mirror image presents itself. Mother nature at her finest providing deep reflections of the sky and the trees. If you look off to the left hand side where the tree overhangs the creek, that’s where I saw an alligator crossing the creek. From the looks of it, he was about 6 feet in length. Of course, by the time I got everything lined up and focused he’d disappeared into the duck weed along the edge.
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:-
Hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into Haw Creek Preserve. Have a super weekend everyone 🙂