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Do Not Fight What Nature Gives You..

Larry Mingledorff
Larry Mingledorff

I am staring out toward the small lake behind my home watching the rain drops bounce across the water. I love to watch nature in all of its forms, however, as a photographer, anxious to spend some time capturing the beauty of this area, I have a twinge of disappointment. Then my mind drifts to one thing I have learned as a photographer---do not fight or resist what nature gives you---go with it. So I pack my gear despite the rain. My first stop is Washington Oaks State Park a short drive on AIA from my home. Washington Oaks is a beautiful parcel of land that extends from the Matanzas River to the Atlantic Ocean. As I approach the entrance the rain begins to lessen slightly. No matter, I am on a mission. The road narrows revealing the natural beauty of the Park. Large oak trees provide a cover from the rain. The trees are draped with Spanish moss with water droplets streaming down toward the ground. The contrast between the large oak tree trunks and the delicate leaves and Spanish moss is beautiful---a photographer’s dream. I am mesmerized by the native foliage preserved in this wonderful hideaway.  What a joy to photograph. I wander deeper into the park and see the beautiful flowers with a wide range of colors. Many are covered with small droplets of water which serves to enrich the colors. This is why the photography experts remind us to not be deterred by a few raindrops. Another photographer’s paradise.