Mountain Wetlands

Maple Swamp located in the Delaware National Forest of Pennsylvania is labeled a swamp on the maps. However, people who live in or near swamps prefer to cal them wetlands . In all four seasons they look different. I think they provide beautiful scenes in the autumn.

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Mountain Wetlands

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Silver Knees

Here is a new version of an older image processing it through the Silver NIK filter from the NIK plugin pack from Adobe Lightroom. This was taken at Lettuce Lake State Park in Tampa on a misty winter day. The original image is in color but it was planned as a monochrome image. A lot of images from that day are better in monochrome.

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Silver Knees

Silver Knees

Florida’s Pigeon

I remember the first time I went to Florida in the 1960’s and saw an Ibis. I was taken with the beauty of the bird, I had never seen one before. Now when I visit Florida, I am amazed by how many there are. They are everywhere. I have seen them in gas stations, cruising the dumpsters outside of restaurants and on the streets. Recently, I saw three of these beautiful birds attack a pigeon who was getting too close to their road kill. I still think they are pretty and in a natural setting they are quite striking.

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The Ibis

The Ibis

A Plant With Knees

I am not sure why they call them cypress knees. They look kind of eerie and I can imagine a slow speed canoe chase through a foggy wetlands where dodging the knees is the difference between life and death. This solitary one looks like the head of Valcor The Luck Dragon from the The Neverending Story rising from a lake.

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A Plant with Knees

A Plant with Knees

Swamp Reflections

Lettuce Lake is a state park located in Tampa Florida. I like visiting there whenever I am in Tampa. It has a great series of boardwalks running through florida wetlands and a wildlife sanctuary. The reflections in the still dark waters can produce magnificent mirror images until disrupted by a bird, canoe or alligator.

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Swamp Reflections

Swamp Reflections

Things I’ll Miss–Wetlands in the Autumn

If you follow this blog you know that for some time we have been trying to sell our house and move back to Pittsburgh. Our tablets are done (DreamMap publishing in October) and it is time to come off the mountain. Of course moving is hard work so I haven’t been taking new pictures and have been thinking of how to keep the blog “alive” during this time of transition.

Although our new house is only two blocks from one of the largest parks in Pittsburgh (Frick Park) I will really miss the wetlands in the autumn. One of the good things about Pittsburgh though is that besides having a wonderful park system the city is only a short drive to a wide variety of state parks. It will be fun exploring them in the autumn to find more scenes like this.

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Pocono Wetlands

Pocono Wetlands

Leaves on Black Water

The waters at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa Florida are dark and foreboding but very clear. The dark waters make this scene a little ominous. Is an alligator lurking below or some terror from a Stephen King Book? Sometimes my imagination gets the best of me.

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Leaves on Black Water

Leaves on Black Water