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Reflections in a forest



Fern covered live oak trees reflect on the flooded forest floor in Myakka River State Park.

Fern covered live oak trees reflect on the flooded forest floor in Myakka River State Park.
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eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden September 25, 2015
Wow, inspiring it is!
MissyBoo
 
MissyBoo October 10, 2015
Wow! Beautiful
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 13, 2016
Scenes such as this is why Myakka River SP is one of my favorites!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson July 04, 2016
Very strong reflection. Well Done.
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 04, 2016
Very Nice capture
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole January 24, 2017
Beautiful!! : )
DigitalCheese
 
DigitalCheese February 03, 2017
So beautiful, and the reflection has great symmetry too, I think it's perfection.
DigitalCheese
 
DigitalCheese February 03, 2017
Ising4Him
 
Ising4Him February 27, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Ising4Him
 
Ising4Him February 27, 2017
This is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous!
loved2030
 
loved2030 March 02, 2017
Wonderful shot, well done
llowzz Platinum
 
llowzz March 27, 2017
Great shot,WOW it has amazingly beautiful impact !!!
MIsabel Premium
 
MIsabel April 21, 2017
Just AMAZING image !
IanEmmett PRO+
 
IanEmmett April 24, 2017
Nature reflecting itself, twisting and winding. Love it.
evergreen1116 PRO
 
evergreen1116 May 22, 2017
Mystical,,, Magical,,, Spectacular image with the amazing reflections and composition. Nothing better!
beckyreding PRO
 
beckyreding August 09, 2017
REALLY COOL
ResonatMortis
 
ResonatMortis January 20, 2018
Gorgeous!
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug January 24, 2018
Magnificent capture. Thank you for joining my challenge.
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer October 14, 2018
Stunning...beautiful reflection
NatureCoast Ultimate
 
NatureCoast May 08, 2020
Beautiful!
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photosbyjoesaladino May 08, 2020
Thank you Kathy
Hood PRO
 
Hood Jun 21
Amazing!!
Turtlelady68 PRO
 
Turtlelady68 Aug 18
lovely capture

Behind The Lens

Location
I was driving trough the Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, Florida when I saw this area of the flooded forest from the road. The time of the year was in September, the height of the rainy season in Southwest Central Florida. Much of the Park's forested area was underwater.
Time
The photo was taken mid afternoon on a partly cloudy day.
Lighting
Even though it was a bright sunny day, I waited until a cloud passed in front of the sun to reduce any harsh shadows that might appear in direct sunlight.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7100 with an 18 - 140 Nikkor lens, mounted on a tripod. I used the camera's delayed timer to trigger the shutter. No flash was used.
Inspiration
When I first came upon the scene, I was immediately drawn to the mirror-like reflection of the fern-covered live oak trees on the surface of the water. I liked the horizontal position of the trees. The resurrection ferns that covered the trees were a vibrant green color due to the recent rainfall. Resurrection ferns get their name due to their ability to change from a dull-brown color to a bushy vibrant green color within hours of being drenched after it rains.T
Editing
The image was slightly cropped and the color vibrancy was increased using PHotoshop CS6.
In my camera bag
I recently purchased a Tamron 18 -400 mm lens for my Nikon D7100 that I find so versatile that I seldom need to change lenses. It works great for landscapes at 18mm and takes tremendous closeups of birds at 400 mm. I do carry other lenses in my bag but rarely use them since I purchased the Tamron. In my bag I also carry variable neutral density filter, a polarizing filter, a remoted and a wired shutter release, an extra battery with charger, a bean bag to hold my camera steady on a solid surface, and a folded 4 x 4 foot piece of black cloth to use as a background for closeup shots of flowers and insects.
Feedback
Whenever I try to capture reflections on the surface of water, I do it on a day when there is no breeze present, especially when the subject is on a large open body of water.

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