cypress swamps

Reflections of Cypress

“To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows, what shoulders its way out of mud and scurries along the damp edges of what is most commonly praised. And sometimes its invisibility is a blessing. Swamps and bogs are places of transition and wild growth, breeding grounds, experimental labs where organisms and ideas have the luxury of being out of the spotlight, where the imagination can mutate and mate, send tendrils into and out of the water.”
― Barbara Hurd,
Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination

I promised this post would be brighter than my last one but I never said it would be colorful! I hope you like it.

"Reflections of Cypress"

“Reflections of Cypress”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/20 at 1/60 sec., 16mm
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Lines and Cow

Drive just a few miles outside of Kissimmee and the sea of hotels, gift shops, questionable restaurants and theme park-related tourist traps disappear. These obstructions give way to Central Florida’s natural beauty, cypress swamps and pastures. This is by far the Florida I prefer. It is the Florida that surrounded me growing up, before “Disneyfication” completely turned the place upside down. In childhood, I often walked through the pastures and cypress swamps near our home with my friends. Those adventures revealed so many little marvels of nature; marvels that seemed to me then and still do now to be revelations of Divine planning and intent. It saddens me that my favorite childhood swamp is now a parking lot and apartment building. I suppose they live on, in a sense, having given life to the fascination I have today with observing and photographing the order from which our chaos is derived.

From a technical standpoint, today’s photo is about composition and using lines to draw and direct the viewer’s eye. I hope you like it.

"Lines and Cow", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125 sec., 116mm

“Lines and Cow”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125 sec., 116mm
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