No moon, but lovely evening on the boardwalk

October 19, 2013 at 5:35 am (Autumn, Dragonflies and Bugs, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography) (, )

Dragonfly at sunset

Dragonfly at sunset

It was the night of the Photographer’s Moon (as I call it) – when the moon rises at sunset.  But there was a pile of clouds to the east, and I never saw it (or the partial eclipse).  But the Chesser Island Boardwalk at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge had some lovely surprises on this late evening walk.

Coreopsis and burned cypress knees

Coreopsis and burned cypress knees

First of all, there is the riot of coreopsis (also known as tickseed sunflower) in the swamp right now.  After two weeks of Government Shutdown, the difference in scenery is amazing.  Truly autumn is a wonderful season for flowers here.

Coreopsis and remains of spur trail burned in the Honey Prairie Fire of 2011

Coreopsis and remains of spur trail burned in the Honey Prairie Fire of 2011

Sunset and dawn on the boardwalk may not be available to the general public, but we “insiders” can give you a peek.

Monarch on coreopsis

Monarch on coreopsis

We haven’t seen too many monarchs in the uplands, but they are undoubtedly on their way to their winter roost in Mexico.

Gulf fritillary

Gulf fritillary

Gulf fritillaries are making an appearance as well.

Sunset clouds

Sunset clouds

The sunset itself isn’t always the best photographic subject.  Look around and see what the rest of the sky is doing.

Sunset and survivors

Sunset and survivors

Towards the end of the boardwalk you begin to see some of the surviving pond cypress that escaped the fire’s all-consuming destruction.  No moon, but a lovely, lovely evening.

Photographs and text copyright Cindy McIntyre

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1 Comment

  1. barb W. said,

    Great pics Cindy makes me lonesome to be there! You are so artistic with that camera. I like the way you look at the world!!!!! Keep up the good work. Barb

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