This winter I’ve been sticking closer to home, making a few day (or night) trips for photography. Early in February the Milky Way was again visible, but only if I got out very early in the morning. So I was up at 4 and out of the house by 0445 to see what I could see. I went out to Ozello because I knew the water would make a nice foreground. That time of year the Milky Way is visible in the southeast and looking that way meant lots of ambient light. In spite of that it was good to see the arc again.
Rainbow Springs SP is nearby and has a few manmade waterfalls that provide good practice for taking long exposures.
The city of Gainesville recently opened a new wetlands called Sweetwater Wetlands. It is at the north end of Paines Prairie Preserve SP. A good friend and I went up there recently on a rather overcast day to check it out. Of course we took our cameras!
We were pleased to see a good assortment of wading birds including plenty of Limpkins, GBHs, Wood Storks and others. The area is new so not a lot of birds
have discovered it but it looks like it has great potential for the birds and of course the photographers!
At home the bluebirds are checking out the accommodations.