Category Archives: This and That

A Marsh Burning

Smoke hung in the air for miles, smell heavy, and was like sand in our eyes.

While it looks bad it was actually one of many controlled burns we encountered today. It did affect our photographs in places.

A Marsh Burning
A Marsh Burning

I have watched the burns, and the results. Without these burns brush gets thick and would be a disaster with our many lightning storms.

As a city person I still feel apprehension for the land and animals. But it does work, and doesn’t rage or cause destruction.

Stranger still is that we, as photographers can be right in the middle of this. Even drive down a trail, dike, or dirt road with flames right on the side. Today we went within feet of a DNR truck spewing flames to start a burn. Up north they would have closed everything for miles around, not here. It’s about nature and individual responsibility.

A Marsh Burning
A Marsh Burning

Some places can smolder for a week. In a few weeks new growth starts, the charred trees leaf out, and life starts new.

 

 

On A Cypress, Egret

This was an unusual spot for an Egret.

On A Cypress, Egret
On A Cypress, Egret

He had dropped down to the lowest branches of this Cypress Tree. Right over the water.

On A Cypress, Egret
On A Cypress, Egret

I know the bird was looking at sticks floating on the surface.

This is risky behavior.

On A Cypress, Egret
On A Cypress, Egret

Alligators wait near the surface for birds in just this type of spot. They can push up a few feet quickly to grab unsuspecting prey.

This bird got away with it, this time.