Photography › Locations

There aren't any mountains, deserts or jungles but nowhere matches the abundance of wildlife locations in Florida. The vast Everglades and Big Cypress National Parks are premier local areas but there are also smaller nature parks, rookeries, wildlife refuges, etc. that I visit.

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Monday, September 6 2021

Bridge

Taken it the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Friday, August 6 2021

Gulf of Mexico Clouds

Tuesday, July 13 2021

Panther Refuge

I found the trail to appear neglected with moss covering the information signs. While the trail is well marked, during the wet season, overgrown vegetation on the trail may encroach on the trail.

Naples Pier

Naples Pier is an extremely popular historic place and typically quite busy with locals and tourists. I seized this opportunity to get a photo when I was the lone visitor after a storm had passed.

Ca’ d’Zan Mansion

The Ca’ d’Zan Mansion is in Sarasota was the winter home of John and Mable Ringling. It's five stories high and this photo was taken from the fifth-floor observation tower..

Naples Gulf Shore Blvd

Naples Gulf Shore Blvd. is the location of millionaires, mansions, and flooded streets during the rainy season. This is my "through-the-windshield" photo of one such day.

Blowing Rocks

Blowing Rocks is a mile-long rock formation right between the sand and sea. At high tide and if the ocean is choppy, you’ll see plumes of water shooting out of the rock that can reach up to 50 feet in the air. At low tide, when we were there, it's a nice walk along the shoreline, searching all the nooks and crannies for shells and fossils. While there we discovered it was a great spot to find Lettered Olive shells.

Castillo de San Marco

Built over 340 years ago from coquina, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Originally a post of the Spanish Empire guarding the settlement of St. Augustine, the Castillo protected the sea route for treasure ships before being transferred from Spanish to British control and back again, all by treaty. Purchased by the United States in 1821, the Castillo—then called Fort Marion—was used by the U.S. army until 1899.

Coral Castle

It's told that Edward Leedskalnin single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock to build his castle. Though not really a castle, and not really made of coral, it is still worth a visit. More than 1,000 tons of the oolite limestone were quarried and sculpted into a variety of shapes. The abundant Coral Castle stories have their roots in pseudoscience, psychology, and urban legends, not reality.

Saturday, July 10 2021

Approaching Storm

When you're at the beach in Southwest Florida you know it's time to leave when you see a storm approaching. In spite of my dislike of post-processing, this is an exception that I darkened a bit to make it more ominous.

Lowdermilk Beach

Lowdermilk Beach is a popular Naples beach that's probably our second most favorite beach to spend some time at. This photo is a post-sunset shot as darkness falls.

Wednesday, July 7 2021

Morikami Gardens

The Morikami Gardens are a destination that transcends time and place where one can experience a window to Japan through sprawling historic gardens, a world-class bonsai display, captivating exhibitions, signature cuisine, and a distinctive Museum Store.

Thursday, July 1 2021

Dead End

Here's a dead-end road just past the C.R.E.W. parking lot which serves as a counterpoint to the "Sunshine State" slogan.

Loop Road

Like the rest of the Everglades, the scenery along Loop Road doesn’t shout. Appreciating Big Cypress National Wildlife Refuge requires quiet attention to the beauty of small things where the attentive will see alligators, birds, otters, deer, and maybe even the rarely seen Florida panther.

Tuesday, June 29 2021

Janes Scenic Drive

Janes Scenic Drive is an 11-mile dirt road extending from the park visitor center in Copeland to Fakahatchee's border with Picayune Strand State Forest. Despite what you may have read elsewhere, the road is an easy, graded road suitable for any vehicle.

Monday, June 28 2021

C.R.E.W. Rookery

The C.R.E.W. Rookery, one of the places I visit frequently, is a maple/cypress swamp that is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and more.

Sweetwater Strand

A Strand is a type of swamp in Florida that forms a linear drainage channel on flatlands. In a forested wetland ecological habitat, strands occur on land areas with high water tables where the lack of slope prevents stream formation.

Everglades Fire

Fires in the Everglades, like fires in forests, are necessary to keep it healthy by destroying the growth of plants that intrude into areas that would disrupt the delicate balance of the environment.

Saturday, June 26 2021

Surfing in Naples, Florida

I've seen numerous inquiries around the net regarding surfing in Naples. The best answer is "no," there's no surfing on the Gulf Coast but here's photo of surfers off Naples Pier. The alternative answer is that occasionally there are enough waves to surf as you can see in my photo. The catch is that these waves were caused by Hurricane Michael as it passed 150 miles out in the gulf, the bad news is the destruction it caused.

Hurricane Michael was a very powerful and destructive tropical cyclone that became the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. In addition, it was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States in terms of pressure, behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille in 1969. It was the first Category 5 hurricane on record to impact the Florida Panhandle, the fourth-strongest landfalling hurricane in the contiguous United States, in terms of wind speed, and the most intense hurricane on record to strike the United States in the month of October.

None of us want to see surfing in Naples again. Go to the east coast where you'd have better conditions.

Thursday, June 24 2021

Serenity

Gulf of Mexico

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