There are hundreds of alligators and birds in the preserve. Preserve is not open until 08:00 AM. More scenic after rains as the alligators will be more visible on the bank due to a higher water table; too low and the dike reveals more alligators but with a muddy backdrop.
Hike about 1 1/2 miles along the “Palmetto Trail” that runs about 15 feet above river (at least this day). The Suwannee River is on the left, and there are several spots along this trail where you can descend the bank to get to the river bed.
The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile drive on narrow former farm roads built on top of levees. This is amazing habitat in restoration along the North shore of Lake Apopka. “In restoration” does not convey the fantastic breadth of wildlife, especially birds, you will see here. There can be anything from a River Otter to giant alligator awaiting you on this tour. There are birds galore as the Audubon’s groups come to count the various birds.
Cades Cove has a magnetic effect on millions of annual visitors to the Smokies. The wide open fields are evidence of a once thriving community that was relocated at the inception of the park. Fields of hay are still grown each year while the deer, bear and other natural residents roam freely while the visitors drive slowly around it perimeter by bicycle or automobile. The visitor center at the halfway point includes small store, a gristmill and several outbuilding that remind all of a simpler life from the past.
One of many brownstones I shot in the Spring of 2016 to create a visual catalog of the unique architectural styles found in the oldest downtown section of Brooklyn. From Greco-Roman to Arabesque, the variety of details are infinite within the facades of these miniature American castles. Tulip gardens are popular in Brooklyn and add a strong color component to the endless sandstone designs. The dogwoods offer their brief splash until the greenery of the oaks and maples take over and dress each street into quietly shaded scenery.
This spot is an absolutely amazing spit to go as a beginner to help hone in your skills and to get some good practice taking photos of nature. This spot is also excellent for more professional photographers to get some beautiful photos of Florida wilderness.
After visiting Pemaquid Point Light every year the summer when I finally received a quality camera I knew amazing photos would be coming. Sunrise is one of the best times to take photos in this location because it adds a dramatic background to the rocks and light house in the foreground. To get sunrise photos you have to get up rather early because summer sunrises are around 5am. All seasons would be good for this location as it just changes the overall feel whether there is green grass or a coating of snow. If venturing out onto the rocks infront of the lighthouse be very cautious of slippery rocks because you won’t know is a rock is actually slippery until it’s to late!
This is a piece of nature so you can bring whatever you want (multiple cameras, tripods, etc.). There are multiple vantage points of the falls, which can be seen by climbing in/on/around rocks, trees, etc. The Falls are beautiful any time of year, however Autumn and snow on the ground prove to be the most picturesque.
The lake is beautiful for both Sunrise and Sunset to get a nice reflection of the red mountains. The water is still early in the morning as my shot. I used Tripod on 24mm f/8 and about a sec of exposure. You have to walk 50 feet in the trail to get this composition on a wide angle. If you stay close to the road then you get different perspective of this area too. Just be careful and watch out for wildlife during early hours. Warm clothes are always recommended during sunrise and sunset. The whole Million Dollar highway location is so beautiful to drive and with scenic passes all along the way. I hope you enjoy this spot as much as I did.
I know this may be a redundant post but just wanted to throw in my photos of the National Mall. I don’t think you can ever get enough of the National Mall and all of its glories. Tripods are allowed in all areas of the National Mall except for the White House. As a matter of fact you can’t even get anywhere near the White House these days due to some embarrassing debacles by the Secret Services in the last year or so.