Deep Creek – Hastings, FL [2.75:1] The creek splits at this junction forming a small island. A dominant side suggested the way to go. I explored both sides. Let curiosity take you beyond the obvious.
Julington Creek – Jacksonville, FL Early one Sunday morning I realized what people experience during worship in a cathedral. I anchored my kayak and marveled at the splendor before me. The stillness of the moment infused my body and I was at peace.
Julington Creek – Jacksonville, FL Immersion is losing yourself in another place. When the forest is thick, dense, and enfolds you with green, you feel secure and accepted. Coming here is like being home.
Big Davis Creek – Jacksonville, FL Overhead, the tree branches and leaves form a canopy of green, illuminated by daylight. The view is different from below and often we forget that our perspective determines what we see.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL Rain cleanses the forest and fills the air with moisture. This morning I could hear the droplets falling from the leaves, smell the earthy humidity of the banks, and see the rising mist off the water. Soon the sun brought everything back to normal.
McCullough’s Creek – Racy Point, FL Once the sun comes up over the trees my time for photography is usually over. As I was paddling back to my car I caught a glimpse of the bright sunlit forest through the trees signaling the beginning of a new day.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL Rarely does one experience a natural event that is unique. The air was thick with humidity and I saw where the sun started to peak through the forest. The double reflection off the water was a surprise, and in the area where the two light beams collided dust fairies were dancing.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL When a branch falls into the water, it continues to grow. Life is never ending in the creeks and can overcome all challenges, save one.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL The creeks are dark in the summer with a thick canopy of green leaves. I look for details and gestures in the trees, and this branch reminded me of my own journey, alone and illuminated.
Six Mile Creek – Orangedale, FL I never appreciated the “greens of summer” until I started visiting the creeks. The reflected surface of the water magnified the total experience of being in the green.
Ortega River – Jacksonville, FL The Ortega River is wide with a strong current. As I paddled upstream I witnessed the ever changing shoreline and the variety of trees and vegetation. I felt privileged to be the only one on the river this morning with this visual symphony all to myself.
Ortega River – Jacksonville, FL Nature and man intersect constantly throughout our landscape. Twelve lanes of Interstate traffic roars across this idyllic creek unbeknownst to the travelers. I paused under the overpass to feel the energy of the roadway and the calmness of the creek beneath.
Durbin Creek – St. Johns, FL Autumn in Florida is subtle. Trees begin to lose their leaves in November, and if you are observant, there is a brief period of color before everything goes to brown. The creeks undergo a gradual transformation from verdant green to yellow, with light and energy infusing the creek bed, reflecting the season everywhere.
Big Davis Creek – Jacksonville, FL There are rewards for those who rise early. I try to beat the sunrise, but rarely do. You learn a lot about yourself when you try to rise early, few things are worth the effort. Sunrise was nice today.
Big Davis Creek – Jacksonville, FL Exploring the small creek tributaries is fun. It’s like having a bonus creek to explore. I paddle as far as I can go and then just sit. You find yourself surrounded. Today the yellow infused the air and I was content that I found autumn.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL Sometimes the view is so incredible that you can’t stop your boat fast enough. The intense reflection caught my eye. I anchored and waited until all was calm again. It’s easy to paddle through life and miss a precious moment.
Durbin Creek – St. Johns, FL Order and chaos permeate the landscape. I am attracted to randomness and complexity like a moth is to light. I try to find a resolution within the frame of the image. It’s all part of my investigation of life.
Durbin Creek – St. Johns, FL This cold winter morning I waited for the sunrise and as the sky became filled with light I looked up into the trees. Being directly on the water one forgets that the creek is actually 3 dimensional, and that the surface of the water defines only a plane of navigation for “impaired” explorers like me.
Durbin Creek – St. Johns, FL A cold day in Northeast Florida is rare. Today was cold, and the gray, overcast sky echoed my sentiments about being out. The lifeless trees were still and offered no protection from the wind. A new and different experience that enriched my day.
Thomas Creek – Jacksonville, FL As I began my paddle the fog lifted and the sun began to shine. My disappointment soon turned into a celebration of being present in a magnificent place. I saw no one that day, I was the only witness.
Thomas Creek – Jacksonville, FL Winter transforms the creek landscape completely. The ability to see “through” the forest creates a new perspective, one of openness and clarity. The trees stripped of their leaves, form a loose boundary and bring new freedom of movement and light.
Lofton Creek – Yulee, FL As the sun breaks over the trees, the shoreline illuminates with the first light of the day. I noticed the variety of plants filled with new spring growth all vying for their piece of sunshine. Cool, crisp mornings in Florida are rare, as was the specialness of the morning.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL In spring, the trees differentiate themselves with shades of green, yellow, and red. In winter, everything goes gray, in summer it’s dark green. A unique time when you can still observe the individual structures and the foliage. I love spring for the clarity it provides.
Thomas Creek – Jacksonville, FL Rarely do we have fog on the creeks. Sometimes in the spring with a combination of the right temperatures and dew points we experience sea fog that pours into the surrounding areas. I was thrilled this morning to find a foggy creek and for about an hour I found myself in another world.
Thomas Creek - Jacksonville, FL Spring brings exuberant growth and color to the creeks. Every plant awakens out of their hibernation with energy. Observing these changes is a reminder that these places are very much alive.
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL [2.25:1] Returning to a junction in the creek I have visited many times thrilled me with a sense of connection to a place. Familiarity allows one to go deeper into feelings of being present and finding the specialness of a moment in time.
Julington Creek – Jacksonville, FL Life in the creeks is a complex system of interdependencies. There are no loners, everything is connected in harmony. We are the only ones capable of interrupting this balance and destroying the system.
Durbin Creek – St. Johns, FL By April everything is green again. The cycle repeats. How many countless seasons has this creek repeated these transformations? And how many seasons will be left?
Deep Creek – Hastings, FL Approaching these areas is like solving a puzzle, if you can’t get through you turn around and go home. I got through this one, a tight squeeze with lots of spider webs. Sometimes you don’t make it, but you always try.
Lofton Creek – Yulee, FL I’ve never been caught in the rain on my boat until today. I felt trapped, vulnerable, and confused, until I accepted the fact that I was going to get soaked and could do nothing about it. Sometimes we need to resign ourselves to finding peace in what is.
Lofton Creek – Yulee, FL There is something in the black water creeks that runs through everything. It’s the same with all living things. We live in an interconnected world. It is always there. May this spirit be with you as you explore your special places and find Home.