We camped for three days “On The River” at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, FL. This park is just another example of why Florida State Parks are rated the best in the United States. The Suwannee River runs through the park. In nearby White Springs is the Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park, a park dedicated to memorializing the works of this great composer. You can the famous river, camp or hike the many nature trails at both parks.
Stephen Foster wrote the song in 1851 without ever being in Florida or seeing the river. The song became the Florida state song in 1935 and in 2008 the lyrics were modified to make them politically correct.
Sitting at the picnic table on our campsite here at Three Rivers State Park I was looking down at the lake and noticed this little tree standing all alone at the bank of the lake. There were some benches and tables down there at the shore so I decided to take a walk down and see if I could get the right composition to use this tree for the “Single Tree” theme. I had taken a couple of shots when the egret arrived and I decided to include it in the background.
In the beginning of October we were in Carrabelle, in the big Bend area of our state on Road Trip #4. While sightseeing in Carrabelle, we came across this Veteran’s Memorial Park. Each branch of the military service is represented by a miniature statue of a member in full uniform and holding the service flag. I was impressed by the display of “Patriotism” shown by this small town.
This time of year dusk and sunset come early and even more-so when you are camped right on the change in time zones. Three Rivers State Park is probably no more than 5 miles into the Central Time Zone. The best time to find wildlife activity is at dawn (not for me, too early) and at dusk (4 – 4:30 PM) There are plenty of photo ops at this park for wildlife photography. One of the Rangers told me there are 3 different herds of deer, two of them containing about 75 head each and a smaller herd of about 20 to 25 deer. Slowly cruising the park road with your camera at the ready will produce many photo ops, however, you must be careful with your camera settings to ensure that your images are not “Out of Focus”.
Don’t forget that clicking on the picture will enlarge the image for better appreciation of details.