I just recently have begun to go back to Fern Forest Nature Center here in Coconut Creek, Florida. The summer months there are too buggy for me to handle, let alone the 90 degree plus heat. A shame, because its 240 acres of wetlands hold many natural treasures to behold.
When I was there the other day, things started off kind of slow, not much to shoot for the first half hour. But I have learned from experience to be patient, knowing that I am very likely to walk away with something very good, if not amazing, on my memory card.
I wound up getting some good dragonfly shots, which I’ll share with you in another post. At one point I came across the gopher tortoise you see in the image above. He wasn’t a huge creature, sort of like a teenager. I put a dollar bill on his back to give a sense of scale.
While making these images, I looked up and saw a perfect specimen of a Julia butterfly in the branches just above the tortoise. I had to be careful not to trample him as I captured some good images of this beautiful butterfly.
That was a wonderful moment, to have a Gopher Tortoise at my feet and a perfect butterfly before me. You’ll definitely be seeing some more nice imagery from this place in the near future.