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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Posted on | April 24, 2012 | No Comments

Linda & I had a chance to visit family in Naples, Florida this past February. Close by is one of my favorite places – the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. www.corkscrewsanctuary.org. It has a 2.25 mile raised boardwalk through different eco systems, including a virgin Bald Cypress stand. Even if I don’t get any special images, a walk along the boardwalk is always worth it.

I set up with a 300mm lens on my tripod and slowly walked along. Pretty soon I spotted a snowy egret working its way through the undergrowth. I placed my camera and tripod and waited for the egret to come into a clearing. The noise of flapping wings caused me to turn to my left. This great egret standing on the rail greeted me. It was a signature shot of Corkscrew. It showed the habitat, the boardwalk and one of the prime residents. It was so close I had to back up to get the story shot. The egret stood still as if it knew what I wanted.  A setting of f8 at a 1/6 of a second with one stop overexposure did the trick.

Oh, the snowy egret decided it didn’t like the clearing and moved further into the swamp.

Don’t forget about the weeklong macro workshop at Maine Media College in Rockport, Me Sept 9-15. Anticipated shooting locations include Coastal Maine Botanical garden, a lighthouse and tidal pool, and an antique store. http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/photography/macro-photography

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