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Photo Book: Water Ways

It’s finally done! I’ve successfully turned my decade-long adventures discovering and exploring Florida’s freshwater springs into a photo book for friends, family and memories.

The Springs

As far back as I can remember, my family took the occasional trips into the Ocala National Forest to visit the springs. Sometimes just for the day (we were always there at 7:45am sharp to be the first ones in), sometimes for a weekend of pop-up camping. They were little microcosms of vacation, parks nestled in an expanse of forest without cell phones or news. Only swimming, snorkeling, biking, hiking, a Game Boy, and the occasional game of Clue or Skip-Bo. Alexander Springs, Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, and rarely Juniper Springs: the springs of Florida. Right?

Not quite. Fast forward to early college when, as I started to think about what I wanted to do with my life, I discovered that (actually) there are over 100 springs in Florida, all over the state. Residing in all forms: national parks, state parks, county parks, private parks and clubs, backyards, government research facilities, even undeveloped public land. A quick trip around the net opened my eyes to the possibilities of exploration and discovery and I was instantly bought in. Coupled with a background in high-school photography and the purchase of a used Nikon D50 (thanks Chris!), I set out to see and capture every spring I could.

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#wwjd

“During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I took away heath insurance from the sick and poor and gave tax cuts to the healthy and rich.” #wwjd (at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park)

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Photography Work

My Office

The window fogged up and I was bored. Also haven’t posted in years 👍 (at UCF Research Pavilion)

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Photography

Springs Photo

A photo in the contest at the Clay Co. Fair looked really familiar; realized it was the Santa Fe River Rise! Pulled up my own photo of it on Flickr and confirmed it with the tree formations. Awesome :)

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Photography Travel

Alexander Springs, March 1961

Alexander Springs, 1961 on Flickr. Given to me by my grandma.

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Photography Travel

Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs: A quick, dangerous trip in the middle of the day and Summer to show a northern friend a big spring.