More Country Churches

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a few days here and there for weekend travel, and churches are a theme that I usually can add to as I drive around most locations.  For example, on a recent long weekend in southern Georgia I shot over three dozen rural churches and then several more on Christmas weekend trip in Florida.

Old Church, Windsor, Florida, Alachua County (Year unknown)

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The Battle of Olustee at 150

Olustee Civil War Reenactment, Olustee, Florida

The Battle of Olustee was the largest fight of the Civil War that took place in Florida.  About 10,000 soldiers met on February 20, 1864 in the swamp north Florida spot near Lake City.  And every year there is a reenactment that attracts a good number of hobbyists that represent the Union and Confederate armies.

Union soldiers line up for inspection before the main event

Union soldiers line up for inspection before the main event

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County Fair

The midway at the County Fair 2013

The midway at the County Fair 2013

If you don’t count Munich’s Oktoberfest, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the County Fair.  It’s passing through the city this week like it does each year in the fall so it seemed like time to see if anything’s changed since the last century.  I wasn’t expecting much in the way of photo opportunities, but it was looking like a nice afternoon, so I brought a camera and lens just in case. Continue reading

Backyard Travels

Whenever there’s a shortage of time and I’m otherwise unable to get out with the camera, or even if I don’t feel like lugging a bunch of camera gear some place now that we’re in the days of high 90s and 100% humidity, I’ll sometimes make do with the activity in the backyard.  Although in a developed area, the yard backs up to a section of undeveloped land classified “wetlands” sandwiched between busy roads, condo complexes and other sprawl.  Fortunately, a variety of wildlife is still able to adapt and survive in what space is remaining. Continue reading

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Least Tern, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida

Least Tern sitting on a nest, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida (cropped)

May has been a good time in the past to photograph nesting birds along the coasts of Florida.  A favorite of mine are black skimmers due to their atypical looks and interesting flight while they glide over the water searching for food.  So I had hoped to find large numbers at Gulf Islands National Seashore as has been the case before.   Unfortunately that wasn’t the result this year.  Later during my visit I spoke to a park ranger who said that a couple years ago a coyote or other predator had done some serious damage to the nesting area so the birds have set up camp several miles west. You can still find the Least Terns (threatened species) nesting, but due to their small size and aggressive protection of their nesting areas (they tend to dive bomb people if you happen to wander too close), it’s much more difficult to get good images without potentially disturbing or overly stressing them.  Fortunately there was other wildlife to see in this section of Santa Rosa Island.

Osprey, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida

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Beach Walk

These photos were from a beach hike this weekend that started before dawn.  A heavily eroded cliff marks the tide line.  This large tree will eventually fall and join a number of other trees that are half buried in the sand below.

Setting Moon, Big Talbot Island, Florida

Setting Moon, Big Talbot Island, Florida

Sunrise looking towards the Atlantic Ocean.  The water is flowing into a large tidal creek in the foreground that separates Big and Little Talbot.

Sunrise, Little Talbot Island, Florida

Sunrise, Little Talbot Island, Florida

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