Upland pines in fog
Sunlight struggles to pierce a morning fog in an upland pine forest of Southwest Florida. Cabbage palms and slash pines tower above an understory of saw palmettos, wax myrtles and rusty lyonia in this subtropical environment.
Fisheating Creek, Florida
A pair of sunning alligators wake from their slumber as we paddle by. For every alligator seen, many more remain submerged as we meander down the creek. Flash floods and constant stream currents have eroded the banks of Fisheating Creek, exposing elaborate cypress knees surrounding ancient trees.
Rainy season in SW Florida. Every day a chance of rain, usually isolated, but often heavy. Not uncommon to receive an inch of rain in fifteen minutes, with thunder and lightning, then minutes later, brilliant sunshine.
In appreciation of Mother Earth. An early morning walk in our backyard. A healthy environment is not to be taken for granted, but rather to be taken care of.
If I must stay at home, let it be here, in the company of mockingbirds, cardinals, woodpeckers, flycatchers, buntings, bluebirds and doves. Where fog teases the sunrise, and a breeze whispers secrets among the pines.
Preening after a walk in the swamp. Roseate spoonbill in Southwest Florida.
Beneath the emerald forest. Oak hammock of Southwest Florida.
Clearing fog reveals a quiet morning along the boardwalk.
Crimson-red berries nestled among waxy green leaves sparkle on a Dahoon holly, growing plentiful among the ferns and cypresses of Corkscrew swamp.
fog on the boardwalk
Early morning along the boardwalk, birdsong in the canopy, leaves catching the fog, creating little rainfalls that patter down to cool a waking swamp.