Archive for ‘Putnam County’

September 28, 2012

Dock under

Whenever I’m here I keep my eyes peeled for alligators. The first time I ventured out on this dock, I looked to my right, and there was a five-foot gator exactly where I stood on the next boardwalk over. That’s not very big as far as gators go, but it was enough to remind me that something could be standing between me and land on my way back, which is never a good thought. It hasn’t happened, thankfully. I always peek under the docks to see if any are in the area. People actually swim here in between the reeds and the danger. No thanks.
Dock under
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September 3, 2012

Buzzards on a dumpster

Big birds live all over Florida. You can find pelicans and osprey at the beach and buzzards on many dumpsters. These guys probably totaled 40 or more, but nobody had anything to actually eat. I was careful not to get too close, but a man walked past just a few moments later and the vultures didn’t even consider getting out of his way nor bothering him. Because of this, I’m guessing they were willing to hold their ground as they knew a meal was coming soon. It appears the buzzards are quite conditioned to people as someone must be dropping off the leftovers.
Buzzards on a dumpster
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August 29, 2012

The boat launch

This is a rare photo for me taken from a single raw file. I usually process between three and five images to make a photo, but as I was in the back seat of a car that was slowly moving – a tripod was unlikely to enter the equation.

This small community hidden away off the main road has its own boat launch into the St. Johns (no apostrophe!) River. You can see it there drifting by in that break in the trees. I’m sure there are many launches like it, but this one is very picturesque. The St. Johns is slow, lazy and wide like this section of Florida.
The boat launch
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