I’ve seen interesting photos recently that some of my local Flickr friends made in the Black Bear Wilderness Area. So last Wednesday, I drove over to Sanford, Florida and took a hike to explore part of it. Here are a few photos I made.
A fern near the start of the trail – these were everywhere and very green.
BBWA is a 7.1 mile nature trail through a 1,650 acre preserve along historic levees through the St. Johns River floodplain. I thought the entire route would be a bit much for me, so I only hiked about 4 miles total, out and then back – starting counter-clockwise to reach the river. I used my IR camera on the way out, and my ‘normal’ camera coming back.
Along the St. Johns River, near boardwalk 3. IR monochrome
There are signs posted warning you to be prepared. The route runs through remote areas with some challenging terrain (slopes, tree roots, fallen trees, etc). I didn’t think the part I explored was that rough, but be careful if you go – carry water, bug spray, etc. And check the weather – a rain storm while you’re out there could make the trail very slippery.
From a bridge overlooking a canal around mile mark 1
Bald Cypress trees and swamps around them are some of my favorite subjects. You’ll find them in large numbers at BBWA.
Among the knees – near mile marker 1.5. IR monochrome
Inside the cypress Swamp – Near mile marker 0.5
In addition to these landscapes, I also saw a gator or two, and quite a few birds including herons, egrets, limpkins, osprey, and some unidentified smaller birds back in the bushes. And no, I didn’t spot any black bears. Shucks.
There were about 15 other people on the trail that morning, which seems like a lot to me for the middle of the week. I guess the word is getting out about beautiful views along this amazing trail through wild Florida. I wish I’d heard about it sooner!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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