Landscape and Nature photography by Shane Srogi

Archive for October, 2011

Live Oak Covered in Spanish Moss

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Live Oak Covered in Spanish Moss

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting with photographers Raymond Gehman and Greg Matthews.  Raymond has worked for National Geographic for many years and has had the cover 3 times.  He’s always encouraging and it’s impossible to have a “bad day shooting” with him around.  If you want to learn from one of the masters check out http://www.raymondgehman.com/ for upcoming workshops.  Greg is one of the hardest working wildlife photographers I’ve ever met.  Drive, passion and energy combined with talent make Greg a Wildlife photographer on the rise.  Check his latest work out on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregmatthews

The Live Oak was planted by Spanish Explorers for use in ship building because of the curved branches and strength of the tree.  Spanish moss an air plant “likes” to grow on Live Oaks because the tree has a high rate of “foliar mineral leaching.

The band Against Me has a song “Spanish Moss”…..”Look into the Spanish moss. Let your mind conjure up old ghosts. Ride your bike through lost Florida streets.”

That’s how I felt on Dinner Island Ranch.  Located on the southwestern end of Lake Okeechobee the Dinner Island Cattle Ranch is in the middle of nowhere.  An old Ranch owned by the State it leases the grazing rights.  If you end up out there keep an eye out….if you are luck you might just have a Florida Panther cross your path.


Mesa Arch, there and gone.

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Mesa Arch 2001

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Mesa Arch 2008

Minus the little Mormon Tea fellow that had been waving in the winds at me.

Canyonland’s NP guessed that the Mormon Tea plant’s demise was from high traffic around Mesa Arch.  Mormon Tea also known as Cowboy Tea or Tuttumpin by the Paiute people.  Is a plant from the Ephedra genus.  A settlers brew with a kick.  Native peoples utilized its medicinal properties for stomach disorders, headaches and fevers.  It’s most colorful common name is Whorehouse Tea.


Fall in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Fortune Pond.  Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.  Near Seattle. Washington State. 

One of my favorite places on Earth.  Imagine the smell of a baking blueberry pie for miles.

 


Landscape Photography tip. Stay Late.

Stay Late it’s a simple tip and one I’ve taken to heart from Photographer Galen Rowell.  After everyone packed up and gone, fight that urge to get a hot meal and or a cold beer.  Bring a flash light and some snacks and watch nature unfold.

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Delicate Arch in Twilight.  Arches National Park.  Utah. 

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Delicate Arch at Sunset