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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Photography In The Sunshine State


Florida offers the nature photographer incredible variety in landscapes and wildlife. Renowned professional John Moran takes us on a tour of some of the hot spots.

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Let me end by saying that nature photography in Florida is a decidedly sensual affair. OP readers are children of the earth, nurtured before birth in an amniotic sea. We know that nature photography isn’t science to be practiced in lab coats. It’s art to be practiced in the dirt and in the water.

So come and visit us in Florida. Sure, we have sinkholes and mosquitoes and sharks and the occasional hurricane, but on those warm days of winter here in the Sunshine State, it’s a pretty cool place to be. None of this, by the way, should be construed as an invitation to actually move here. It’s plenty crowded already, with 18 million residents despite losing population last year for the first time in 60 years. But we love having visitors, and we really do need your sales tax revenue. Happy shooting!

To see more of John Moran’s photography, visit www.johnmoranphoto.com. Visit the Florida Tourism website for additional trip-planning information at www.visitflorida.com

A Regional Guide To Some Of John Moran’s Favorite
Places For Nature Photography In Florida
Northwestern Florida
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Blackwater River State Park and State Forest
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Torreya State Park
Wakulla Springs State Park
Apalachicola National Forest
Econfina Creek
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Northeastern Florida
Suwannee River, from the Okefenokee
Swamp to the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Princess Place Preserve Flagler County Park

Central Florida
Juniper Creek, Ocala National Forest
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Blue Spring State Park
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Rainbow Springs State Park

Southwestern Florida
Anclote Key State Park
Hillsborough River State Park
Highlands Hammock State Park
Fort De Soto Pinellas County Park
Myakka River State Park
Cayo Costa State Park
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area

Southeastern Florida
Shark Valley in Everglades National Park
Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the upper Loxahatchee River
The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing
Rocks Preserve
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Bahia Honda State Park
Dry Tortugas National Park

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