Monthly Archives: December 2014

Morning Fog at Seagate Beach

The last couple mornings, Dec 27-29, there has been substantial morning fog at Seagate Beach.

The below photographs were taken on December 28th from approximately 8am till 9am.  I went with the idea there would be interesting landscape shots but had no idea there would be a pelican feeding frenzy.  My morning walk slowly came to a halt photographing the aerial pelican display.  I shot images below with a Canon 7D 15-85mm lens (remember x 1.6 on crop sensors to equate length of lens, basically equivalent to a 24-105mm).

The photographs shot to the south, into the fog, have an overexposed and colorless feel.  When I shot to the North the images had incredible color because of the lack of fog and the blue sky color reflected down into the serenely calm Gulf of Mexico waters.  I never cease to be amazed at how the same light can produce such a variety of possibilities.  Remember, all the images were taken within approximately an hours time and are in chronological order.


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Holiday Camping in the Everglades

It has been my December tradition to spend some portion of the holidays camping.  Everglades N.P. has been my go to place for the photography, incredible park atmosphere and quality of people.

This Dec., 2014 was no different, however I started off late in the day and decided to stop at Burns Lake Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve on the way down to Everglades NP.  Here are a couple pics of the campsite at sunset, various maps, lake shots and sunrise shots.

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After a night of camping I drove across old US 41 to Homestead and down to Everglades National Park.

I only took a couple pics of my campsite as the trip was one of relaxation vs work. Also included are images of the Flamingo Campground.  I stay at Long Pine Key,  $16/night with up to 8 people and two tents, bathrooms, drinkable water but no showers.  I appreciate the natural feel of Long Pine Key with all trees, lake and secluded feel vs the openess at Flamingo (35 miles away), but there is no comparing to the mesmerizing  ocean view.

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