Saturday, February 27, 2010

Feels Like Spring

Although the official first day of spring isn't until March 21, internal biological calendars are cueing a wake-up call from winter's slumber.

Here are photos taken at Wakulla Springs yesterday of gators, red maple seeds, a water abstract in spring basin, Suwannee cooter turtles, and a white ibis: WONDER FULL!

Bob Thompson

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wildlife on Wakulla Springs Boat Tour

On the last tour yesterday, I had two pairs of

Suwannee Cooters

and White Ibis
Bob Thompson

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Salt Marsh Between Spring Creek & Shell Point

Yesterday was cool and clear: A perfect day for a walk along the coast!

I parked my car on the Cutoff Road between Spring Creek and Shell Point and walked south and east on a unpaved road through the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. In about 15 minutes, I turned south and after several more minutes of walking through coastal hammocks arrived at the salt marsh.

Amazing ... Palms, Cedars and Oaks border the Salt Marsh for Miles and Miles. In the distance, I could just see Goose Bay under a dazzling blue sky. Wearing rubber boots, I walked the margin of the salt marsh in both directions. And just as I began the return walk, a bald eagle called from the pines to south.

Smoke and Mirrors

Palm Melody

Fine Fronds

The Coast Is Clear in B&W

Bob Thompson

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back to Mashes Sands

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The four photos below were taken at low tide eight days ago on February 14 at Mashes Sands, near the mouth of Ochlocknoee Bay.
Gulf Sunrise

Sand Patterns

Sand Ridge Line

Tree Sculptures in the Salt Marsh

Bob Thompson

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Morning at Mashes Sands

The images of this post were taken at sunrise at the end of Mashes Sands Road adjacent to the mouth of Ochlockonee Bay. These are two of a dozen photographs made in 30 minutes before driving to Tallahassee.

  • Canon 40D Camera Body; Canon EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens; Aperture F11; Shutter speed 1/30 to 1/60 second; ISO 100; Focal length of sand patterns 17mm, sand and foam 40 and 47 mm; Tripod; Self-timer.
  • Temperature 32 degress; Wind 5 mph
  • Calf-high rubber boots; 2 Pairs of pants; T-shirt; Sweatshirt; Insulated jacket with hood; Hat; Insulated gloves; Wind-proof fleece ear head band; Neoprene face mask.

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And a Top of the Morning To You !