Six Weeks in Florida, Part 1, Snapshots

Below are a series of shots taken during our recent stay in Florida. They are images that spoke to me in ways the transcended the subject and evoked feelings of joy and wonder. Hope you enjoy.

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Tree, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Morning sunlight in Long Leaf Pines, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Pond, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Leaves, Torreya State Park

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Kayaks, Manatee Springs.

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Long Leaf Pine cone, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Sunlit, Bald Point State Park.

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Long Leaf Pine bark and fungi, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Designs, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Low tide, Bald Point State Park.

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Saw Palmetto, Manatee Springs

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Grass, Ochlockonee River State Park

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Boardwalk Manatee Springs State Park.

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Atsenia Otis Key, off Cedar Key

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Six Mile Cypress Slough, Ft Meyers

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Saw Palmetto, Manatee Springs

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Atsenia Otis Key off Cedar Key

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Turtle, Six Mile Cypress Slough, Ft Meyers

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Shells and driftwood, Lovers Key.

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Swamp, Manatee Springs

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Spring, north Georgia.

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The next Florida post will be about the birds we were able to photograph as we explored some of the state’s trails and waterways. Thanks for stopping by.

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Shadows and reflections, Six Mile Cypress Slough, Ft Meyers.

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A Rare Flower

After several weeks birding, hiking, and paddling in warm and sunny Florida fifteen hundred miles to our south, we’ve returned to early spring in Ohio.

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Fortunately the welcoming committee was out when we decided to get reacquainted with some of our favorite places.

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This year our timing was just right to see a number of rare Snow Trillium along Griggs Reservoir. This made the day because in past years we often waited too long and missed them. This smallest of Ohio’s trilliums typically arrives in middle to late March and doesn’t hang around. That fact coupled with their small numbers makes them a challenge to find.

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Snow Trillium

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This one’s looking up.

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It’s very unusual to see a group like this, (Donna).

 

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Bloodroot were also out but the previous night’s heavy rain was hard on their fragile petals.

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Bloodroot

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Some show color before the flower opens.

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Crab apple blossoms in early spring are always a delight.

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Crab apple Blossoms

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As though pretended to be flowers, spring leaves emerge.

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Leafing out.

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Turkey tail joins in on the competition for the camera’s lens.

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Turkey Tail

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Along Griggs Reservoir Cedar Waxwings announce spring’s arrival.

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Cedar Waxwing

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On the reservoir, marking the time of year, a lone Ruddy Duck seems to be on it’s way to somewhere further north.

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Ruddy Duck

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I apologize for the longer than normal absence of posts. To compensate we hope to have some interesting shots of things seen in Florida in the coming weeks as we continue to celebrate spring in central Ohio.

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Thanks for stopping by.

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