This image is from my 2nd and most recent trip to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is in Morris County. This refuse has a lot to offer on its 7800 acres. The Friends of Great Swamp NWR has an amazing visitors center as well as easy access trails. This particular spot was from the overlook parking lot half way between the nature center and the bluebird field. We started our hike at the wildlife observation center parking area which has a boardwalk guiding you though the wooded part of the swamps to blinds overlooking an open field. On the particular morning we ventured out there were a few reported sightings of Bald Eagles. Maybe we will get to see some next time when we hike a different trail.
Last week my boyfriend and I went on an Airboat tour through the Everglades at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. It was so much fun, I wish it was longer! We saw about ten alligators, maybe around the same about in different kind of bird species, a few turtles popped up here or there, and some fish were jumping while we were stopped looking at the different plants and a gator trying to bask in the sun that kept popping in and out of the clouds.
It was a lot of fun! The guide mentioned that at this time of the year all of the gators would mostly be young females so they were relatively small, the biggest one we saw was maybe just over six feet. It’s funny how if you were to talk about a person’s height and you said they were six feet or more you would be like wow he/ she is really tall but mentioning it about the gator I’m thinking like ehh that’s actually kind of on the small side, It’s funny how those things go.
All I can say is that thank goodness we didn’t see any snakes I think I would have had a panic attack! Especially when the guide mentioned that the python invasion is disrupting the alligator population because they eat them! … Ugh my stomach sank! And what made matter worse was that he mentioned it only takes the python six day to digest it! Only SIX! Although a very cool fact he was way more excited about it then needed to be.
Lately I havebeen working on a list; I went online and found some info of a “creative photography idea list”. I did this as a sort of wake-up call for my creativity…it’s been a little blank. My idea is that I take the simple list and just go for it without thinking and then from there I would either keep recreating the subject until I feel I have truly succeeded in it, or hopefully I could create a form of series out of one of the subjects. The subjects so far that I have shot are…
Triptych of Mother Nature (two in one)
Ordinary Beauty (In my Eyes)
Faceless Portrait (which could also count as a self-portrait, I wasn’t going to count it as that)
Window (fail on this one in my opinion…going to be a Redo!)
I thought that I would change things up a little. These two photographs I took at the Green Market in City Place which I guess you could also say is also downtown West Palm Beach. The Green market is a farmers market that goes on during the winter every weekend and they have them all over. It’s nice to see home-grown fruits and vegetables and home-made products like the mini hamburger cakes and to support local businesses and farmers.