Morning Light

The cabbage palm and pines holding the morning light. ctihvekweaati19

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Shelter from the rain

I took shelter from the brief rain shower—myself, my pack, and camera all tucked against the oak. The rain came heavy for a few minutes. But as these afternoon rains let up, the sun came washing down. It was the pale rusted light of dawn again. DSC_0010

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Hike at Shark Valley

This dusky pigmy rattlesnake was coiled on the Bobcat Boardwalk at Shark Valley, Everglades National Park. DSC_0097

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Hike at Deer Prairie Creek

Deer Prairie Creek as the August bright sun was rising. DSC_0013

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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Summit 2800 Ultralight

UPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Four miles out, I barely felt this pack — unlike my old, torn rucksack with its hard shoulder straps. pack*

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… any good shots?

“Hey man, you getting any good shots?” the bandanaed bicyclist said to this rucksack-wearing, Nikon-ready hiker.
“I’m trying,” I said back, but two miles into the park I hadn’t yet seen anything to document.
And for the next hour I didn’t see anything either. The hardwoods were flooded, the air muggy, and it was quiet at Myakka River State Park. It’s alright, I told myself; You don’t always have to get photos.
I hiked on, and then I saw it — no more than twenty feet ahead, patiently perched above the forest’s flooded waters, this handsome red-shouldered hawk. DSC_0166

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How far to go?

An old friend and fellow writer said he has been following my posts recently, which was great to hear. “You’ve been getting out there with your camera — out to many perilous locations full of gators.”

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Myakka hike

The rain held off for our hike out along Ranch House Trail.

ranch road

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Hike after the rain

A few photos from the hike at Red Bug Slough after today’s rain. butterfly

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Shark valley hike

I’ve seen many more gators than I can count, but I thought this shot was pretty cool from our sojourn at Everglades National Park’s Shark Valley.

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