Stellar beauty and medicinal calm, that is the Peace River originating in Polk County (East of Tampa) and ending in Charlotte Harbor near Punta Gorda, the river runs more than 100 miles. The shore line is mostly undeveloped due to the extreme rise and fall of the water level depending on the season. Thankfully, this river is hard to tame. As such, any development is restricted to grazing land. This photo is taken about 20 miles up river from Charlotte Harbor.
Nikon D610, 17-35mm, 17mm, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, f/11
I watch these prehistoric creatures run on water, spread their haggard wings and to my surprise lift off as if there are invisible thrusters providing lift. Once airborne, they soar like a glider with perfect control until it is time for them to once again dive fast and furiously into the water, Headaches must be a casualty of the never ending cycle.
Nikon D610, 28-300mm, 300mm, 1/1500 sec, ISO 1500, F`16
They say you need to go out west to see the really big skies. That may be so, but I am pretty sure the skies of Southwest Florida are as dramatic as the west offers and probably more. Certainly, they show off their dramatic talents more frequently and consistently deliver the promise of rain, lightning and thunder with regularity. This sky, believe it or not, was just fair weather clouds.
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts and North Fort Myers, FL. I take photographs almost every day. I post my favorites here.