Old Black Water keep on rollin’…

It has finally reached warm enough temps, that I was able to don SHORTS on my weekend photo hike. I felt all Spring-ish.

This week, I headed to Blackwater River State Park near Holt, FL. The water, while not actually black, is a very dark copper, thanks to the tannin from hardwoods growing along the white-quartz sand river banks. It’s still very clear and clean, it only looks like sun tea.

My family has spent many summer days canoeing on this river. While a slow paddle down the Blackwater would have been a great way to pass the day, instead I found a trail that took me on a slow amble through the forest.

Again, I had the trail to myself… grateful that there was no one around to hear my off-tune singing or witness my one-woman Soul Train dance line. Don Cornelius would have been proud.

Then there was this guy… I know the shot is blurry, but I wanted to keep my distance. The image was enlarged a bit, and I lost detail, but that really is the snout of a Florida gator.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens and/or a Nikon CoolPix S205)

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28 thoughts on “Old Black Water keep on rollin’…

  1. Wow those are some really great photos – I love the shades of brown in the water and the vibrancy of the greens and the berries and all. Mine still don’t turn out that … vibrant I think is the only word.

    And the turtles? They REALLY made me smile!


  2. Great job on the turtles…I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to get this shot at our park and it either comes out blurry or the turtles get bored of posing and flip off the log 😉


  3. Shorts, yes. Gators, no. But I love the shot of the snapping turtles coming out to sun. Actually, I love all of these. Just got back from a brief sojourn to the OBX and didn’t take a single shot. What a bad scribbler I am…


  4. “Gator” as in alligator!?!?!? Yikes. That would have turned my hike into a very fast run for high ground 🙂

    Love all your pics, especially the sweet turtle rain. Thanks for sharing your walk.

    Happy SIMC, jj


  5. I love them all…but the turtles are the ones that really made me smile!! Love love love 😀

    And the gator? YAY!! We love gators around here (it’s my middle ones nickname!!)


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