Late August, Okefenokee

August 21, 2013 at 5:30 am (Birds - Georgia, Butterflies, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildlife)

Rain in the burnt pines, Okefenokee

Rain in the burnt pines, Okefenokee

August in the Okefenokee is supposed to be the hottest, most oppressive month of the year.  Yet signs of autumn are creeping in.  A few red maples have turned, and the rains bring a bit of cooling.  Walking outside this morning, after a night of thunderstorms, it felt downright pleasant.  Summer mornings tend to fog your glasses when you step outside, such is the heaviness of the humidity.

Cattails and bulrushes

Cattails and bulrushes

I try to drive down Swamp Island Drive in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge at least once a week, generally after work at the visitor center where I’m a refuge ranger.  Thunderstorms are common in late afternoon and early evening here, and the bright overcast that precedes the downpour is a photographer’s dream.  Shadows and highlights don’t compete with each other, and colors pop. Read the rest of this entry »

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Baby Sea Turtle Races to the Sea!

August 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm (Nature, Wildlife) (, , , )

Baby Sea Turtle races to the sea!

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Baby sea turtles hatch!

August 10, 2013 at 5:13 am (Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , )

Newly emerged sea turtle hatchling

Newly emerged sea turtle hatchling

It was hard to see the little heads and flippers in the bowl of sand that was their nest.  The little loggerhead sea turtles were well disguised, but every so often a bit of sand would move – a flipper.  These guys had already hatched a foot or two below, where the eggs were laid, and had scrambled to the top, under the layer of sand until its coolness signified night had arrived.  The cover of darkness would hide them from predators.  We watched them under dim red lights. Read the rest of this entry »

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