Spirit of the Cypress

December 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm (Autumn, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature) (, , , , , , )

A meditative water journey on a foggy morning, with inspirational nature quotes.

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Banks Lake NWR Part 4 – Small Gems

December 9, 2013 at 4:47 am (Autumn, Birds - Georgia, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography) (, , , , , )

Red maple and cypress

Red maple and cypress

The final installment of my recent Banks Lake paddle shows some color, and some small treasures.

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Poison Ivy is pretty in fall

Poison Ivy is pretty in fall

Muscadine (wild grape)

Muscadine (wild grape)

Phoebe next to cypress seed ball

Phoebe next to cypress seed ball

Great egret in fog

Great egret in fog

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Cypress leaves turn rust before they fall for the winter

Cypress leaves turn rust before they fall for the winter

Tickseed sunflower

Tickseed sunflower

Sweet gum leaves on water lily

Sweet gum leaves on water lily

To see another view of this trip, see Marilyn Kircus’ blog

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Banks Lake Part 3 – Cypress Studies in BW

December 8, 2013 at 5:14 am (Autumn, Black-and-White Photography, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography) (, , , , , , , )

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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Lakeland, Georgia is more like the quintessential swamp than a lake.  These huge pond cypress have escaped the wildfires that define the landscape of its sister refuge Okefenokee, and the ample beards of Spanish moss attest to many decades of undisturbed serenity.  The lake is popular with anglers, but to truly experience its mysterious beauty, one should be out at dawn in an autumn fog.  Even in December, birds are singing, and the gauze challenges you to find them.  Enjoy a black-and-white world paddling through the cypress of this unique blackwater lake. Read the rest of this entry »

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