tirsdag 19. februar 2013

EVERGLADES NP FLORIDA : "RIVER OF GRASS"


Alligator, Shark Valley, Everglades NP
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 2200

Everglades NP in Southern Florida is considered to be "the broadest and most slow floating river" in the whole world, an enormous mass of water that slowly trickles down a 3rd of Florida, like a river of grass, towards the sea, and the Everglades is considered to be globally unique !! However : The River of Grass is also filling up the water reservoir for 7 mill people, and after 130 years of drainage, farming, urban growth and road construction, the whole system is now threatened with collapse. Unpredictable variations in water levels and pollution from farming is now changing life conditions for indigenous plants and wildlife drastically. On top of this the ecosystem is intrigued by populations of foreign species of animals, hereby python snakes, that poses great threat to a lot of local wildlife. By the year 2000 US authorities had ambitious plans to restore the Everglades, but with the ongoing recession in US economy, this has been drastically reduced. Bad news for the `Glades !!

Pictures are taken late December 2012 / early January 2013. Thanks to Miami photographer Michael Stern for taking me to Wadakahatchee Wetlands.   


Alligator, Shark Vally, Everglades NP
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 5000


Alligators, Big Cypress National Preserve
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/7,1, 1/500, ISO 450 


Great blue heron in mating display. Wadakahatchee Wetlands
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 17500, ISO 2200


Great blue heron. Wadakahatchee Wetlands
D4, 600 4,+, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 2000


Great blue herons. Wadakahatchee Wetlands
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/400, ISO 720


Great blue herons. The female is an intermediate morph (frequent in Southern Florida). She may produce sterile eggs (?), but she`s nevertheless a perfect white bride !! Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 500


Cattle egret. Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 250


Common moorhen. Shark Valley, Everglades NP
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 2800


White ibis. Big Cypress National Preserve
D3s, 200-400 4,0, f/9,0, 1/1600, ISO 3600


Roseate spoonbill (Alice in Wonderland !!!!). Wadakahatchee Wetlands.
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 450


Woodstorks once roamed the Florida marshes. The stork is now considered to be a so called indicator species for Florida, and is now rare. Big Cypress National Preserve.
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/320, ISO 125 

7 kommentarer:

  1. For meg er det høytidsstund hver gang du legger ut en nytt blogginlegg Tom. Jeg vet jeg får se gjennomførte og knallgode naturbilder, og det er nesten alltid bilder jeg kan se på flere ganger, blir liksom ikke mett. Det er et kvalitetsstempel! Ble heller ikke skuffet denne gangen, en fantastisk serie med kvalitetsbilder som inspirerer meg som naturfotograf til å jobbe enda hardere. Takk for at legger ned tid på å dele dine oplevelser i tekst og bilder med oss Tom

    Fotohilsen Henrik

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  2. Hei
    Så bra bilder, spesiellt Alligatoren fra front, den gikk rett hjem hos meg

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  3. Henrik er spot on i sin kommentar, så skriver under på den. Fantasiske bilder som alltids!

    Knut Børge

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  4. nydelige bilder fra florida. Må vært en herlig tur.
    Har noe å strekke meg etter her..:)

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  5. VELDIG BRA SERIE, Tom :)
    Alltid ei glede å sjå dine bidrag og her var så mykje bra at eg har fleire favorittar. Synd at området har endra seg i den retningen og går ei slik framtid i møte.

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  6. Nydelige bilder fra Floridaturen, Tom. Farger og komposisjoner i bildene dine er helt knall! Fasinerende blikk på alligatoren i første bilde!:-)
    mvh Lillian

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