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Stay Humble Always

 

I have come across many photographers on this journey of mine, and to each their own.  I have come to accept that everyone gets into photography for their own reason and/or purpose.  Some may be righteous and others not, however whom am I to judge them?  In my opinion I let them live and let live, it is not place to put them down for they have their own journey to pursue.

 

I have found however that some photographers are money driven, others are Ego driven, some use it as a means to be worshiped or idolized,  while others just do it to document their experiences and to  capture life.  Some refuse to work with others, they keep their distance and wont get close to anyone while some reside on a self inflated cloud in their minds believing they are greater than they are.

 

I on the other love to work with other photographers, I love to shoot with them, explore with them and bond with them. I love to inspire others as they inspire me so that together we grow and learn from one another.  I am not here to compete nor here to be idolized or worshiped but rather merely to exist.  I am here to make friends, to document my life, to create new memories and to merely continue on my journey as God wishes.

 

With that being said, stay humble, be true to yourself and remember that our words and actions indeed have weight. Use them wisely and try not to be a egotistical jerk, because in the end that will cause you to lose your reputation and quite possibly your following and  friends.

Standing among legends – Clyde Butcher & Lucky Cole


 
Clyde Butcher & Lucky Cole
 
These are the two photographers who have inspired me to venture forth into the Glades, they indeed are both legends. Clyde Butcher is an amazing passionate soul who captures the very essence of nature in its purest form. His Black & White photography is known across the world as is his passion for what he does. Lucky Cole is known for his beautiful, soft nude photos of adult models from all ages and walks of life. He loves what he does, to him capturing the angelic form of a nude woman is one of the greatest blessing of life.
 
I am eager to learn from them as they have inspired me along the way and have supported my photography wholeheartedly.

Big Cypress Preserve: Never Hike Alone!

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Photo by: Fahad Asmat

 

Hiking the Big Cypress Preserve:

One thing I have learned from friends and those who know the glades to a far greater level than I ever will. Never ever hike alone, always have a partner, a plan, and emergency supplies. If you have a Conceal Weapon carry it, you can never be too safe. I do not encourage people to go out there and start shooting at anything unless you have a valid reason such as if your life was in danger, or during hunting season and that is providing you have a hunting license.  Shooting at anything for mere fun and pleasure may lead to hefty fines from Florida Fish & Wildlife.

 

I will be honest, on all my travels I have yet to shoot at anything. I found it is far easier to use my walking stick to push away any venomous snakes that are too close. I also have come to terms with leaving wildlife along and never pester a gator. Just go in there and enjoy your experience, your journey and trip and leave only with your memories and photos.  Make sure if you are hiking the glades to buy a good knee high set of anti venom snake boots. They will come in handy and it is far better to have a pair than to be caught by surprise, snake bites are not fun and some can be extremely painful and life threatening.

 

When I travel out there, I sure as heck do not hike the swamps alone. Now some people will state that it is okay to do so, and I will not argue their debate. If that is what you want to do then go for it. However if something happens, I am certain you will rethink that thought real fast, especially when there is no one there to assist or help you. Bear in mind I do not claim to be an expert at this, I am just passing along some common sense. In my opinion, I have no time for macho bravado in the glades or miscalculated moves, I have no time for ego thrill seekers or people who want to harass wildlife. All it takes is one stupid move, one move to make things go from good to bad real fast, and that is an outcome I cannot afford to take.

 

Stay safe, and Hike on!

Canoeing or Kayaks

Canoeing or Kayaks

Florida is a fantastic place for Canoeing and/or Kayaking, all you have to do is check which spot is best for your experience level. Whether it is fresh water, salt water or a brackish mix of both, there is a place for you in this great state. We at Exploration have paddled across many waterways and have seen beautiful landscapes beyond words. However let it be known that many of these waters contain dangers that one should not take lightly, also some of these waters  should be pre-planned before venturing forth. Weather also can be a very key element in making your trip either a great or a horrible experience, remember that Florida is renown for torrential rain and thunderstorms. Please research the areas before you venture off and bring the right gear with you. Also come to terms that Florida is the home of wild predators, do not and I mean do not feed the gators or animals. It is a federal offense to feed, harass, or antagonize a gator, because a gator who is fed loses all fear of humans and associates people with food. When that happens the possibility of a gator attack will increase with that specific gator. The end result sadly equals someone getting bitten or killed and the gator euthanized.

 

 

Turner River:

Turner river is by far one of the most beautiful Canoe / Kayak trips in Florida, yet it can be one heck of a crowded tourist attraction so plan accordingly. Turner River will take you through the fresh water forests, through brackish water mangroves and to sights that will leave you speechless.  These five creek, river, and bay paddling trips will be well worth the time you take to prepare. The paddling routes range in time from three to seven hours, depending on your launch and takeout points, the tidal stage, and your paddling speed. Intermediate canoe paddling or kayaking skills are required. Don’t overestimate your abilities or the natural conditions. An incoming tide, a headwind, and the relentless Florida sun can make it a difficult day. Call the NPS offices to get the current water and weather conditions.   (Click her for map)

 

Fish Eating Creek:

Fisheating Creek part of the Wildlife Management area meanders for 40 miles through this wildlife-rich area, long valued for its scenic beauty. It is a favorite spot for hunters, hikers, kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boarders, campers, photographers and so much more. Booking should be done in advance and sometimes getting a campsite may be a hassle if you wait for the last minute. However, they do have primitive camping as well for those daring to venture off. Click for Map

 

 

 

Alexander Springs:

Bubbling forth from Alexander Springs into Alexander Creek, this popular canoe run starts at the Alexander Springs Recreation Area and continues for about six miles of paddling to the take-out on the north shore at 52 landing. The run is broad and swift, with many small islands and little dry land to bank on for the first several miles. There are patches of areas where the vegetation gets condensed and you really have to work through it. Click for Map