Water logged

The recent deluge of rain made St. Andrew’s State Park in Panama City a bit water-logged, flooding the lower section of hiking trails along Gator Lake. I was still able to get in a good walk and snapped a few shots around the high water. The tiny island in the middle of the lake was, as usual, brimming with nesting heron and ibis (Ibix? Ibises!).

A small family of cormorants, a mother and five juveniles, were paddling around among the reeds, but my loud Sasquatch feet scared them off before I could snap a photo.

The Spring Breakers were out in force, so I avoided the beach. Traffic was nuts. Within an hour, I saw two out-of-towners pulled over for speeding (I know they were speeding because they passed my car like I was sitting still – karma has her own blue-light special), and two more accidents with multiple emergency vehicles. Hopefully, there were no serious injuries.

You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(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)

For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream.

Unknown Mami

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  1. Gorgeous photos but YIKES on the tourists. It’s amazing to me the speed and the accidents I see on Florida highways regularly (so much more so than here in Chicago). I wonder if it’s the “we’re on vacation, nothing can happen to us” mentality or something else entirely. That has to be frustrating as a local… except for seeing the cars pulled over. HA to them.

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  2. I like the shot of the trail the best.
    speeders pulled over are much better than emergency vehicles at an accident. Too many just don’t think about the danger they create.

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  3. We have still ice on top of the lakes/sea…it’s going to take time to snowless spring BUT it’s been sunny! and days are lighter and longer :)
    Have a good week ahead!

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