I headed back to Blackwater River State Park near Holt, FL, this weekend for my photo hike. There are plenty of trails to meander around on, as well as incredible views from the river itself. The water, a dark amber, gets its color from the tannins leaching into the river from decaying vegetation. Much like when coffee or tea stains the water it’s brewing. While dark, the water is still clear and clean.
It threatened to rain the whole time I was roaming through the swamp, but held off until I made it back to my car. The cloud cover and storm front did make for a cooler hike, giving me a nice breeze and breathable humidity.
I also found a new trail… at least for me. It led me by the river and into the swamps, before dropping me into a long needle pine grove. It was a very pleasant hour.
There were also a couple of surprises, including nearly walking smack into the middle of a Golden Silk spider web. Haven’t done that in a while. As much as I hate spiders, this one is still indeniable beautiful. I also stalked a tiny dragonfly until he finally gave up and just posed for me. I am the Nature Paparazzi.
(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)
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