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Through A Window, Black And White

The pandemic has closed most historical sites. If you have visited this site for any amount of time you know how I love to photograph old historical homes and locations.

Finally I found some that I had access to. Well, almost.

The series of rooms here were shot through open windows. Please note I did not climb through any, I did lean (way) inside to get some open views.

Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White

I have no details here except to say they were buildings within the walls of Fort Clinch on the Florida coast.

Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White

I assume some, like above, were for military officers, enlisted men, and a few families.

Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White
Through A Window, Black And White

It’s not the same as being inside the buildings and having historical information. But I did get a chance to practice my shooting, black and white images, and of course burglary window climbing skills.

Wood Stork Nesting

A frustration in wildlife photography is you can’t control the angle and placement of the shot or your subject. I would have loved to be facing these nests from the other side. But…swamp and Alligators, etc.

Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting

This bird made numerous trips using the same path. I did get nice in flight shots but the nest escaped me. You can see the female at the bottom of the images. Best I could manage.

Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting
Wood Stork Nesting

These Storks are difficult to photograph and be near so I am more than happy to get these.

However….. we always want the perfect setup.

Soft Shell Turtle

A rare find for me.  I have seen only one in South Carolina, this one in the Okefenokee in Georgia, and a few other times in southern Florida swamps.

In the US they are the largest fresh water turtle. Females might weight 6.65 kg ,14 lbs. Until recently they were also harvested for food. A similar species is a major food source in China.

Soft Shell Turtle
Soft Shell Turtle

The above is a fairly clear shot considering they are most always under water. The small minnows in the swamp can be seen also.

They have a large nose that allows them to breath without surfacing and they can swim very fast due to the lightweight shell, which is smooth and light but not particularly soft as you would think.

We found this one on the edge of a thicket with clear water. There were a few but this one didn’t disappear like the others.