The last time I visited Viera Wetlands was in March of 2019, so I’ve been wanting to go back. Each time I checked the road conditions hotline, it said they’re closed to vehicles. But the message hasn’t been updated since mid-November and I suspected (hoped?) it wasn’t accurate. This week I decided to go down … Continue reading Viera Wetlands – 1/15/20
Here are some photos from a trip to Viera Wetlands last week. There’s a lot to see there! Dawn in the harbor – A sunrise stop at the Cocoa Riverfront Park on the way to Viera Sandhill Crane and egg in nest – it’s fairly close to the berm. I think I’ll go back in … Continue reading Viera Wetlands 2-6-19
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Viera Wetlands. I had time last Wednesday, so I packed my camera gear and set out at “o-dark-thirty” to give my shutter finger some exercise. My first stop was Rotary Park, on the Indian River in Melbourne. It’s small, but I like it because it’s open before … Continue reading Viera Wetlands – 10/3/2018
Greetings from Central Florida – the place of plentiful photo ops! I think this morning I’ll just post a few photos and comments. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest. Coquina dawn I found a new sunrise spot: Rotary Park At Suntree. It’s on the way to Viera Wetlands in Rockledge, Florida next to the Indian River. … Continue reading Rotary Park and Viera Wetlands
The light was spotty all morning with periods of rain. There were a couple of images I tried that didn’t work out. I’m going back soon to try again. NOTE: There website says that Viera Wetlands is closed January 16 – 20. Plan accordingly.
When we got to Viera Wetlands, the road was closed (lots of rain lately), so we got to walk the circuit around the nearest ponds. There are very few ducks so far. But there were lots of Wrens, Terns, herons,and egrets. We also had a Black Crowned Night Heron, an Osprey fishing, an American Eagle fly over, a Caracarra, a Harrier, and a Belted Kingfisher – all in the distance.
Kevin M. organized a trip to Viera Wetlands on Friday and Kevin K., and I went along. We were at the small park across from the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp where SR 520 crosses the St. Johns River about 45 minutes before sunrise. It was very dark – making focusing difficult and exposures long. It was also very calm, and I thought the the reflections in the water were lovely.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Viera Wetlands are two of my favorite places to photograph and I had time to visit both last week. They’re each wonderful and seem similar, yet they can be very different.
I think Viera Wetlands is an appropriate place to visit on Earth Day. It’s a water reclamation facility and the very clean water provides a home for many birds and animals.
I made a trip over to Viera Wetlands last Saturday. It’s best not to expect too much in the middle of summer in Florida, but once again I was pleasantly surprised by all of the photo opportunities.