An update on the Lake Jesup Flowers – they are indeed back in full force.
Tom M. and I went over last Wednesday morning to check on them. They seemed to me to still be a little before the peak. I think they’ll get a bit higher and fuller before they start fading away in the next several days. If you want to see them this year, you don’t have much time left.
The Marl Bed Flats are a little soggy. There were places that were dry, but a large part of the area away from the woods had an inch or two of standing water. The sky was incredibly clear and there was a soft wind blowing too – not ideal conditions for flower photography, but we looked for interesting compositions anyway.
With the sun so low, it was hard to keep myself out of this shot – hence the photographer shaped shadow in the middle bottom
Finding flowers that reach above their neighbors is one way to isolate subjects
The light was very pretty in spots. This blossom was sheltered in a pocket of calm along the path out to the fields. With a nice dark background, it called out for a close up.
For a different perspective and an example of how diverse the view here can be, look at this blog post from Jeff Stamer. Jeff timed his visit better than we did and hiked out before sunrise on Thursday when the sky was beautiful.
Here are links to previous articles with more info:
- The flowers are coming! The flowers are coming!
- Wow – it was really crowded over there!
- The Lake Jesup Flowers are back!
- A full bloom riot of flowers
- Lake Jesup Conservation Area Wildflowers
- Storm and Flowers
And you can browse some of my photos of the area in this set on Flickr. There’s also an article about the flowers in this month’s Orlando Magazine.
When you go, please be careful. Stopping on the side of 417 is dangerous. And the Lake Jesup Wilderness area is wild. It’s also a bit of a hike from the parking area out to the flowers. Bring water and use sun screen and bug spray. Long pants and waterproof hiking boots are a good idea too.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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