We’ve been having a lot of fun with the new cameras so much so that we haven’t had a whole lot of time for blogging or sharing. Today is kind of grey and blah outside so there’s no excuse not to share some of our latest efforts with you. We took a trip to Tomoka State Park recently where the 100% humidity provided a gorgeous foggy morning. There’s something about fog that mutes all sounds and gives this great feeling of tranquility while it transforms the landscape with veil of mist. Beautiful for photography. Communing with nature at its finest.
Juvenile American Ibis Perched For Take Off
Tomoka Basin in the Fog
Fog over the Tomoka Basin
Marks Getting the Shot
Reflections and Rocks
Resilience – Pine Tree reaching its roots out into the water
Nature’s Doughnuts – Fungi – I have no idea what type of mushroom this is
Nature’s Recycling – Fungi
Life’s Tenacious Balance – Cedar Tree holding on to life balanced precariously on the edge of the Tomoka Basin
After the fog lifted
Cabbage Palm Reflections
Egret in the fog
Joey in the Fog
Rocks and Fog
We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed taking them. A bit of a mixed bag – some in muted color and some monochromatic.
Have a great week 🙂 .
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.