Morning Gathering

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Morning Gathering – Orlando Wetlands Park – May 2015

I have been inspired by the Heritage Rivers book about the St Johns. So as the spring turns into summer here I’m going to focus more on landscapes. Here in Florida we are challenged by the terrain – there are vast expanses of flatness and this does not lend it self to traditional landscape photography. So please bear with me on my journey and perhaps we can discover something! But don’t worry there will still be ample birds, bugs, and flowers.

Some History

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Bridge House – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

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Osprey on the Bridge – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

This was the first electric swing bridge in Florida – Over the St Johns River between Sanford and DeBary. Not much left, but at least they preserved some.

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Historical Sign – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

In Marjorie’s Wake

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St Andrews Cross – Savage/Christmas Creek Preserve – April 2015

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Flower – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

“I do not understand how a man can live without some small place of enchantment” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Watched a video last night “In Marjorie’s Wake” from PBS by Equinox Documentaries. Highly recommended to all. It is about 2 women who recreate a trip that Marjorie Rawlings and a friend took over 75 years ago along the St John’s River. She was an author who preserves the memories of old Florida in her fiction. Cross Creek and the Yearling are two of her most famous.

This video goes through my “place of enchantment” not so small but magical.

Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/46158.Marjorie_Kinnan_Rawlings

Orlando Wetlands Park

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Sun on My Back – An American Coot. Orlando Wetlands February 2015

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it” – William Shakespeare

From the first day I found this park last fall, I fell in love with it. A 1500+ acre man made wetland which is used to filter water from a waste water treatment facility before flowing into the St Johns River.  The wildlife and vistas are spectacular. That coot in the picture was one of thousands that were frequenting the park last weekend.

Today I begin my first day as a volunteer for Friends of Orlando Wetlands, hopefully there is work I can do that will be helpful. And for me the reward will be spending more time at the park.

Website – http://www.orlandowetlands.org/index.php?submenuheader=9