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Storms over the Wetlands

I love to take advantage of cloudy weather — one quickly learns to appreciate the clouds of South Florida, especially on longer hikes. But a sublime dark afternoon can quickly turn, forcing one to skedaddle for safety. But NOT before visiting with some perfectly wonderful critters. Here, in the protected wetlands I spied a momma gator and her 2-week old babies, and some lovely preening waders, preparing for their evenings. Images forthcoming; I was happy to contend with the rain for them!

Approaching storm over the Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Cloud cover isn’t dissipating. Hm. But I’m still with momma gator…

Florida’s clouds are fantastical and fabulous

Sigh. Guess it’s time to leave… Lightning over the Everglades, approaching the wetlands

Always a show

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  1. Pam #

    Beautiful!

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much!! I love our wetlands. 🙂

      September 10, 2012
  2. Love Love Love your photos ~ especially of the lightning!

    September 10, 2012
    • You’re so kind — many thanks! I really didn’t want to leave. But lightning every other second? Holding a camera in the open land? Probably not the smartest idea… 🙂

      September 10, 2012
  3. Love the lightning photo!

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I REALLY didn’t want to leave. But lightning every other second? Holding a camera in the open land? Hmmmm…..

      September 10, 2012
  4. Wow – that lightning looks close. Glad you got out of there before being hit! Very brave of you to stay as long as you did.

    September 10, 2012
    • I adore our lightning (as it’s hitting right now, heh)…. I was on my way out when it started, of course. Too many deaths with these storms! I play it close, but one has to be smart in the face of this power.

      September 10, 2012
  5. Fabulous and dramatic!

    September 10, 2012
    • I LOVE our storms! These shots don’t do ’em justice, that’s for sure. 🙂

      September 10, 2012
  6. Thank you so much for visiting my nature blog so that I could come and find your AMAZING photos. I have been going back and reading the posts and enjoying the photos. Your photos are what I would like to be able to take…wow….Michelle..

    September 10, 2012
  7. I lost my comment..thank you so much for visiting my nature blog which I’ve had for the past 5 years so that I could come and find you blog and your AMAZING photos. I have been reading past post and enjoying the photos and all I can say is “wow’….Michelle from ramblingwoods.com

    September 10, 2012
    • Sorry about that, your comments were spammed for some reason! Thanks SO much for your kind words… It’s a lot a practice in hiking and luck, hee!

      I adore what you’re doing with your site; there’s so much valuable information. If you’d ever like to use / share any of the images for your conservation work, just holler! 🙂

      September 11, 2012
  8. Oh yes, me too. The worse the weather the better, and only duck at the last moment! I miss the extremes of weather….

    September 10, 2012
    • Definitely!! I love our storms… But I definitely respect their power. Too many deaths have occurred by lightning — I had skedaddled far ahead of it, admiring from a safe spot. 🙂

      September 10, 2012
      • safe spot is the key–some folks miss that concept! (you know, they may be the People to whom we refer at times…. the “wilderness” experience folks…!!)

        September 10, 2012
  9. What awesome digital pictures of storms. We could use some here in San Diego!

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! There was definitely a good degree of luck during this nice little show. I used to live in CA — I know our clouds are far different than yours (or as my aunt says, “what clouds?”). 🙂

      September 11, 2012
  10. Love the lightning pictures… whats the technique? long shutter with some luck? When I was in Toronto over the summer I attempted it for almost 3 hrs and I got NOTHING!!! 🙂

    September 10, 2012
    • Unfortunately I couldn’t do a long shutter, since there was no tripod / release involved! So it was just me holding the camera, playing with the ISO + settings… and LUCK! 🙂

      September 10, 2012
  11. Wow ! Love how you were able to capture those lightening bolts on film. Super job !

    September 10, 2012
    • Very lucky really… Thanks! Had to play with the ISO and whatnot, since I had no tripod / release handy. Very tired arms, lol!

      September 10, 2012
      • I can only imagine ! BTW, looked around for your email to chat about next week,but couldn’t find it. Are you available Thu afternoon?

        September 10, 2012
      • Oh drats, sorry about that! Here it is: kiliki70@gmail.com… Thursday should be fine, anyways! Each day’s a new experience… 🙂

        September 10, 2012
      • Ok, email sent to ya!

        September 10, 2012
  12. You captured the lightning beautifully!

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I was lucky to have quite the show… Although a tripod would definitely have been handy, to save my arms, hahah! 🙂

      September 11, 2012
  13. Thanks for following me back; I grew up in NW FL and know quite a few of these critters, and the bluejay gave me an unexpected pang of what might be homesickness, even though FL never really felt like home to me. My mother grew up in a citrus grove in Lutz, FL, and had baby alligators as pets…for a little while. Your photographs are beautiful, your knowledge is extensive, and I believe we have some blogging friends in common so I am very happy to have made your acquaintance!

    September 10, 2012
    • How wonderful!! I’m glad that my images can revive some memories… Florida can be an odd place, for sure. But the land and its critters are totally unique, and need our protection.

      I would LOVE to live where you are, though… Especially being a Scotch-Irish girl! Hiking in South Florida is tough, with my pale skin (and from a family of all redheads). Hah!

      September 10, 2012
  14. These are some awesome lightning shots! You should submit some for Canon’s Project Imaginat10n: https://www.longliveimagination.com

    September 10, 2012
    • You’re so kind! Thanks VERY much. You know, I saw that ad awhile back — thanks for the link!! 🙂

      September 11, 2012
  15. That was a lot of weather. Very nice photos, Fey Girl. 🙂

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much — I love our weather, when I can manage to not get too drenched in it, heh! 🙂

      September 11, 2012
  16. Hinterlandvillagebug #

    Wow, incredible photographs! especially that of the lightning. Wonder how you clicked it just at the right time. Sigh; amazing is all I can say.

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much! Very lucky… Well, there was a ton of lightning — I had to get it at some point, hahah! I wish I had a tripod / release, though. It would have saved my arm. 🙂

      September 11, 2012
      • Hinterlandvillagebug #

        HAHAHA oh my god, I thought you got it on a tripod! Wow then hats off to you to getting it spot on.

        September 12, 2012
      • Heee! Thanks. 🙂 Yeh, my arms were KILLING me. Many missed shots during this lightning show as I was messing with the ISO. 🙂

        September 12, 2012
  17. I have always wanted to capture lightning in a photo! How did you do that?

    September 11, 2012
    • Heh, thanks!! It was quite a show… I didn’t have a tripod / release, unfortunately — which would have really helped (saved) my arms. But I was just playing with the ISO, and trying to catch it with timing… Luck? 🙂

      September 11, 2012
  18. Wonderful photos. I am a follower now. cheers Judy judysp.wordpress.com 🙂

    September 12, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! Ditto on the following… 🙂 I adore your blog!

      September 12, 2012
      • Thank you that is a lovely thing for you to say. 🙂

        September 12, 2012
  19. marialla #

    AS ALWAYS GORGEOUS PICTURES! A GOOD STORM IS ALWAYS SUCH A HYMBLING EXPERIENCE!!!

    September 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE our storms…. I’ve always been a huge fan of rain, thunder, lightning. Such power!

      September 12, 2012
  20. You got lightning! I have never managed to catch lightning. Very cool.

    September 12, 2012
    • Heh, it was interesting… Very wet, no tripod / release, and it’s definitely mediocre… But I got it! Hah! I gave up after a few shots, for safety sake. 🙂

      September 13, 2012
      • I think they’re awesome. How cool for us that you braved the weather, though I’m glad you got out of the storm. I lived in Florida for a couple of years when I was in my early twenties and I remember how wild those storms can be. It seemed like it stormed almost every afternoon in the summer and then it would clear off in time to make way for a brilliant sunset. At least that’s the way I remember it.

        September 14, 2012
      • You’re exactly right! I’m surprised (as are we all) that they’ve continued their intensity, now… But I love it. 😉 And the sunsets (I overlook the Everglades) — just amazing. A stunnah.

        September 15, 2012
  21. I love “skedaddle” weather! Magnificent photos, FeyGirl! ❤

    September 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much! Heh heh…. You know well the “skedaddle” weather, eh? As it’s coming down the street — Run! 🙂

      September 13, 2012
  22. I love seeing lightning, but it would be a whole new perspective in a flat swamp! I would find that interesting!

    September 12, 2012
    • And verrrrryyyyy intimidating, if you’re the tallest thing around, haha! That’s why there’s many deaths by lightning in our area. (Well, people doing silly things during storms, too.) I made sure I was in a safe area when I snapped away. 🙂

      September 13, 2012
  23. Wow! These are my wetlands…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_Levels

    🙂 xxx

    September 24, 2012
    • Ooooh! I’ve driven through there, YEARS ago!!

      It’s GORGEOUS!

      September 25, 2012

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