Tropical Interiors

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“love the white” — sweetmonkey
Young Boar. Highlands Hammock S.P.
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Hiking along the trails and roads of the park I encountered these feral pigs. Spanish settlers first brought pigs to Florida in 1539, perhaps making Florida the first state to have a wild boar population. I think this image seems like a window into the past. Photograph taken with a vintage Ricoh Citizen XV twin lens reflex camera. Highlands Hammock was Florida's first State Par...More
Fallen Tree. Highlands Hammock S.P.
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I was intrigued with the textures and geometry of this image. Photograph taken with a vintage Ricoh Citizen XV twin lens reflex camera. Highlands Hammock was Florida's first State Park, established in 1931 four years before the establishment of the State Park system in Florida. The property was originally acquired by local citizens concerned over the fate of the land being conv...More
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Alligator Portrait. Three Lakes W.M.A.
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This alligator was in Parker Slough which runs through the dry prairie. They find wide areas in the slough to nest during the rainy season. In winter the slough dries up, the wide areas with water have "gator holes", where the young fend for themselves. During droughts larger alligators dig out pools in marshy areas benefitting other aquatic speciesThis alligator was in Parke...More
Feeding Doe. Lake Kissimmee S.P.
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I photographed this doe feeding in the shade in Lake Kissimmee State Park in Polk County. Notice the Prickly Pear cactus in the background. Deer are plentiful here. It is not unusual to see them feeding in the early afternoonThe whitetail deer is one of the best known and easily recognized large mammals and can be found around the world. They are native to every continent excep...More
Blue Dasher On Caladium.
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This blue dasher was resting peacefully on a caladium leaf when I snapped this photo. These dragonflies grow to about 1.5 inches long. They are very agile. I've seen them capture bees in mid flight. The Blue Dasher is a dragonfly of the skimmer family. It is common and widely distributed in the United StatesDragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 m...More
Isis. Tokay Gecko.
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I had Isis for a pet for more than ten years. She could inflict a nasty wound but never bit me. She was unexpectedly vocal at times, exclaiming "poo-kay,poo-kay!" For her portrait, I preset the focus on my rather large roll film camera and set it inside the tank. Black velvet was draped over the back of the tank. I have a 20"x30" print of her in my study. The tokay gecko is a n...More
The Rocks IV. Flagler County.
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The Rocks consist of ancient Anastasia limestone. Waves sculpt the rock over time. The water will often shoot up through holes in the rock carved from the sea creating unanticipated fountains of sea spray. This is one of the largest areas of exposed Anastasia limestone on the Atlantic Coast. It is mainly composed of sand, bits of shell, and fossils cemented together over time. ...More
The Rocks V. Flagler County.
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I made this composition while Hurricane Katrina was in the Gulf of Mexico. A large cumulus cloud looms on the horizon. The shoreline is abundant with Anastasia limestone formations approximately 120,000 years old. It is unusual to see it along the coastline as the limestone is usually found underground or underwater. This is one of the largest outcroppings of the stone on the A...More
Amaryllis Cluster.
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I have admired the beauty of this amaryllis for over 20 years. It started with a single bulb which I purchased locally. I even dug it up and brought it with me when I moved across the street. Each year the blooms multiply. Photographed on a black velvet backdrop.
Sunflower.
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This series of flower compositions were taken over a span of five years. These images were composed on ground glass with a Mamiya 23 medium format swing back camera, utilizing a magnifying loupe. The swinging back of the camera allows for precise focus from front to back, and a great deal of magnification. It was not unusual for me to spend over an hour for a single shot. These...More
Peruvian Lily.
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These lilies are some of my favorite flowers to photograph. They come in an incredible variety of colors. The technical name for them is Alstroemeria. They are also called lily of the Incas. In this species, the two back petals have vivid colors and markings to attract pollinating insects. This is one of my flower series of images composed on a ground glass screen utilizing a m...More
Pine Forest II. Split Oak.
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Pine flatwoods occupy about half of the total land area of Florida. Undisturbed areas tend to have an open understory composed of palmettos and shrubs such as Wax Myrtle and Tar Flower. A slight drop in elevation created the cypress swamp seen in the background. Split Oak Forest contains many ecosystems within it's 2,000 acre boundaries including oak hammocks, prairie, cypress ...More
Shingle Creek I.
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