The Beauty of Dawn
Keeping close to home for today's post -
It's absolutely a beautiful day outside this morning, though I have obligations elsewhere and can't get out and shoot this morning. Therefore, in the few moments that I had, I chose to search through the archives and find an image which would represent somewhere I wish I could be, or something I wish I could shoot this morning.
This image is an early morning dawn at Lone Pine Key Campground within Everglades National Park in south Florida. On this particular day, we woke up very early and made our way down there to capture the sunrise over the lake (shots yet to be posted - what else is new?). Soon after, while spending some time exploring the area, I noticed the most magnificent light being cast upon the landscape on the direct other side of the sunrise composition.
Sometimes I forget how beautiful and unique, not to mention diverse, the Florida landscape can be. See, I have grown up in south Florida since I was 2 years old, and after having spent my early years around the Atlantic ocean and it's beaches, and explored the warm, muggy, "flat lands" of south Florida, I developed a yearning for the mountains, snow, and the "big open spaces" which tend not to be in the vocabulary of anyone describing south Florida. Yet, in reality, we do have the "big open spaces" - albeit they are very different.
The Everglades are such a fascinating place - very open, very diverse, with a landscape that changes with every new day. We do often travel down there (1 hr away) to get refreshed and feel as one with nature again. If one ventures past the first 5-10 miles of the park, especially during a non-tourist time of the year, one can find solitude, which otherwise eludes one in south Florida.
For as much as I love to travel to other places, I know that if I were denied easy access to the Everglades, I would be sad. The "River of Grass", holding such an amazing ecosystem and significance in our world, is truly to be treasured.
I love this image - for it reminds me of the stillness, peace, beauty, and serenity that the Everglades has to offer the visitor lucky enough to enter it's world.
Thanks so much for visiting my photostream and especially for all of your comments. Will be catching up a bit this weekend.
Have a wonderful weekend!