Okefenokee Tapestry

March 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm (fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography) (, )

Sunset at the first shelter

Sunset at the first shelter

Even though I don’t work there anymore, I am able to stay after hours at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge because of my friend Marilyn who volunteers there.  She loves recording nature’s beauty with a camera, too, and even if we don’t plan a trip on the boardwalk together at sunset, we sometimes encounter each other there.  Here she is with a Houston friend who went paddling with her this week.

Water reflections

Water reflections

Photography helps us focus attention on things often overlooked.  I, for one, dilly-dally, looking high and low for some interesting treasure.  Abstractions and semi-abstractions often catch my attention.

Broom sedge and burned wetlands at Chesser Island junction

Broom sedge and burned wetlands at Chesser Island junction

I also love detailed landscapes that resemble intricate tapestries, with threads of grasses or sedges, knots of flowers, and weaves of tree trunks.

Red Maple's vivid seeds make it look like autumn

Red Maple’s vivid scarlet seedheads make it look like autumn

Mmm…. I can just see these images enlarged to the size of  a wall.

Red maple seeds

Red maple seeds

These seeds will soon ripen and helicopter their way down to seek germination in moist soil.

Baby gator

Baby gator

I saw three of the six babies born in fall 2012 that were very much visible last spring at the Gator Pond (stop #4) on Swamp Island Drive.  They are particularly well-camouflaged when lurking in rafts of dead needles.

Mockingbird

Mockingbird

The melody of the mockingbird is the true song of the south to me, since I heard it throughout my childhood in Louisiana and Texas.  The brown thrasher has a similar song, but it is a bit harsher and generally the phrases are sung only twice, whereas the mockingbird often repeats phrases three times.

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The waxing moon shone high in the clear sky.

Sunset reflections in the swamp

Sunset reflections in the swamp

Sometimes the sunset reflected in the water is just as interesting as what happens in the sky.

Nature's brush strokes

Nature’s brush strokes

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Colors and textures change by the minute as the sun says goodbye.  Another lovely day in the Okefenokee.

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4 Comments

  1. Robert said,

    Red maples picture is wonderful.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Ron Payne said,

    In your hands a camera is a means to contemplation. Thomas Merton had a similar gift with his black and white images.

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      I didn’t know Thomas Merton was a photographer. I like his advice: “Take more time, cover less ground.” I guess that’s the zen definition of “dilly-dallying!”

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