Documenting Florida’s amazing freshwater springs.

Even though I have lived in Florida almost my whole life, I’ve never explored it’s unique system of freshwater springs.  Florida has the greatest assemblage of artesian springs in the world, with over 1,000 springs documented so far.  Springs and spring runs are a unique class of ecosystems that are windows into the aquifer, which is the major source of our drinking water.  Betsy and I have traveled to several already and have been amazed by their natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. We hope to visit more soon!

Rock Springs / Kelly Park

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Devil’s Elbow Springs

Ginnie Springs

Madison Blue Springs

Dogwood Springs



The IPhone 7 Plus camera: My Impressions

The dual camera on the IPhone 7 Plus is a new and powerful option for photographers seeking an alternative to DSLR’s.  Low-light photos are so much better than they used to be because the wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens lets in a lot more light than the f/2.2 lens on the iPhone 6.  Portrait mode switches to the zoomed-in, 56mm-equivalent, 6.6mm “telephoto” lens. The camera will attempt to detect your subject, and then if the lighting conditions are right, you’ll see a live preview that keeps your subject sharp while blurring the background with a lovely bokeh effect.  A little label pops up on the screen to say “Depth Effect” so you know you’ve got it, and you’ll get a warning if there isn’t enough light.  Color rendering is excellent and burst mode is fantastic for capturing action shots.  Here are some recent shots I took with the Iphone 7 and a link to an excellent overview of the features by dpreviews. Enjoy!!

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