After a fairly long travel hiatus, I finally made my way back down to South Florida for a few days of eco-photography mayhem and carnage. It was admittedly a bit of a short, slap-dash trip, but I managed to rack up some solid time in both Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park — two areas dear to my heart. I also managed to make my way to Coral Gables and South Miami for a few hours of lizard chasing. I did not, however, make my way into the Florida Keys on this particular trip. I thought I might try to slip it in before returning home on my final day, but the weather had turned by that point. No worries. It was still a fairly fantastic trip and definitely a series of experiences I needed.
Featured below are photographs from this trip. Some are simple reference shots (not quite “art”), but others came out quite nicely. On trips like this, I don’t tend to spend heaps of time framing and composing shots. I try to keep myself more in the moment than in the shot. Anyhow, some of the photos that will be featured are fairly rough, but I want to include them regardless.
This portfolio page is of course currently being developed as I process and post photographs to the main feed!
Saturday 11 March 2023
Depart Ormond Beach (Volusia county) en route to Mount Dora (Lake county) for the night.
Heart Island Conservation Area (Volusia county).
Seminole State Forest & Blackwater Creek (Lake county).
Arrive in Mount Dora (Lake county) and stay the night with family.
Sunday 12 March 2023
Depart Mount Dora (Lake county) with Daylight Savings in effect.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Collier county). 65 degrees at the start.
Canal lines along US Highway 29 (Collier county).
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve (Collier county).
Monument Lake campground at Big Cypress National Preserve (Collier county).
Excursions throughout Big Cypress National Preserve & Loop Road (Collier, Monroe, and Miami-Dade counties).
Monday 13 March 2023
Morning excursions throughout Big Cypress National Preserve and Loop Road (Collier, Monroe, and Miami-Dade counties).
South Miami and Coral Gables park hopping: All America Park, Matheson Hammock Park, A. D. Barnes Park, etc (Miami-Dade County).
Nighttime excursion throughout Big Cypress National Preserve and Loop Road (Collier, Monroe, and Miami-Dade counties).
Tuesday 14 March 2023
Morning excursion throughout Big Cypress National Preserve and Loop Road (Collier, Monroe, and Miami-Dade counties).
Everglades National Park (Miami-Dade and Monroe counties): Mahogany Hammock, Eco Pond, Flamingo Marina, Pa-hay-okee, Royal Palm, etc.
Nightime excursion along Main Park Road in Everglades National Park.
Wednesday 15 March 2023
Return to Ormond Beach. The morning was cool and entirely overcast, so I began my trip back home. I had planned on doing either the northern portion of the keys or Merritt Island in Brevard county, but the weather simply wasn’t with me. No worries!