October 11, 2014

Limpkin

Limpkin Once or twice a year when I'm visiting Myakka River State Park, it seems especially alive. Usually, it's in the early evening following a heavy rain.  The trees echo with water dripping, and seeds falling; curious and hungry animals venture out into the open for a meal.  There's a lot going on.  That's what it was like the other night when I stopped by for the first time in months -- very alive!

We've experienced tremendous rainfall recently, to the point where the park was flooded and the main road impassable. The park ranger advised me the road still wasn't open completely, but I could go about a half mile into the park to a bridge where anglers fish and tourists stop to watch the numerous alligators.  I had the place all to myself and when I stopped to watch this limpkin (after encountering half a dozen deer, a raccoon, several rabbits and three turkeys on my way there), I noticed the area was brimming with vitality.  The scene was so tranquil with the melodious sounds of nature, it reminded me why I keep coming back here.

7 comments:

Nancy J said...

He is the perfect model for you, and love that focus. Cheers,Jean

Mersad said...

Great catch! Love the pose. Good thing you had the place to yourself.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Your limpkin looks like he's just come up from a dip SRQ.. You have described a lovely sounding haven here.

Lois said...

What a lovely shot! I would keep going back too.

Brian King said...

Beautiful!

Jocie Z ROCK said...

jan you really have amazing talent!!

Jack said...

Jan, you nailed this photo. I would have struggled for a while to get a sharp focus, but I have been increasingly using manual focus in order to let ME decide what to focus on, instead of letting the camera's autofocus. Looks like you did manual focus, too.

I arrived in Naples with blue skies but very full ponds. Tonight's weather report indicated scattered rain Tuesday through Friday. Should I be worried?