Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Shoot for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Babcock-Webb WMA

For nearly a decade now, I have been a staff photographer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, aka FWC. In the Public Access and Wildlife Viewing Office  we promote a wide range of recreational uses of our vast FWC-managed public lands throughout Florida. We want to get Floridians and visitors off their duffs and outdoors: hiking, wildlife viewing, paddling, fishing, enjoying photography, picnicking, studying nature, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, and hunting. Our Wildlife Management Areas and Wildlife and Environmental Areas are places that welcome visitors, but lots of people don't know about them.  But the animals do. These lands are managed for and used by wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, deer, and thousands of other animal species, not to mention the natural Florida flora.  So you may want to join the other critters out there at an FWC site near you, once you see what you're missing.  Find out about properties near you here:

A month ago I made a loop around the state photographing a selection of areas where brochures, signs,  educational kiosks, and/or websites need updating.  What a great assignment, eh?  Here's a sampling of some of the sites I visited, as well as a few from other FWC shoots.

Let's start with Chassahowitzka WMA:

Then there is the jewel of Babcock-Webb WMA in Charlotte County.

Chinsegut Conservation Center and Big Pine Tract are not far from Brooksville.

Jones-Hungryland WEA is near Jupiter:

Guana River WMA is a gorgeous tract between St. Augustine and Jacksonville.

And back near my home, the Aucilla WMA.  This is only a tiny taste since I've written about it in other blogs, but I've included a couple shots from a family program at Goose Pasture.

So that's a sample of beautiful places that belong to all Floridians and managed by FWC.  So let's get off our duffs and get out into nature.   Ahhh... my next outing is this evening... a full moon rising at sunset.


Greg said...

Nice work, David.... as usual.

Judye said...

Absolutely stunning, David! The FWC is sooooo fortunate to have hooked up with you, as are we. Thanks for sharing your fabulous work.


David Moynahan said...

Thanks Greg, Judye, and all others who've tried to leave a comment. I've had feedback that Blogger is having trouble accepting comments. ?!?

sasquatch said...

Beautiful shots, David. Where is that last spring in the Chaz group of photos? - it looks like it's right in the middle of a forest and rarely visited. We plan on spending every Thanksgiving in that area, and I want to go there.

David Moynahan said...

Sasquatch: That is Buford Spring. And yes, it is in the middle of a swamp and has no trail or signage. I can't describe how to get there (I'd probably get you lost.) Ask at Chaz.

NotaClueGal said...

Beautiful Work! Doing my best to get all these city folks out to!

btc20mx said...

Found your blog while googling images for Sweetwater Spring in Ocala. Wanted to tell you keep up the posts, really finding your photos an inspiration. Thanks

David Moynahan said...

Thanks so much for your comments.

Flicker Photos said...

This is one of the most beautiful collection I’ve seen in a while, my spirit and soul just embraced the pictures, I felt like I was a part of each and every one of the photos.
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David Moynahan said...

Thanks Roy. I appreciate your comment, especially coming from such an accomplished news/people shooter. (I checked out your site.) Glad you came across my blog.

Allison Jones said...

David, I get to see these places regularly while I'm traveling the state working. It's so nice to see that you capture them so well for people to enjoy. I love taking photos on the area, too, but unlike you I always have to get back to "other" work at the area. You are so fortunate as are we to share this mutualism of beauty and photography! Thanks for the great work.