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Sat, Feb. 16th, 2008, 08:55 pm
Burning again.

We burnt part of the refuge great burn, even after 3 inches of rain this week it burnt very hot. It's still really dry out there, kids be careful with matches!

Ready to fire...

Holding boss Wes at the end of the day.


Palmetto fire

Tying it off.

Wes is enjoying it

End of a long day...

Expect more from this day, I just grabbed a few I liked, I am off to dinner.

Thu, Feb. 7th, 2008, 09:49 pm

Tue, Feb. 5th, 2008, 10:42 pm

We were handed these during the first day of our meeting, symbolizing the fact that we should go out to the woods and continue to use fire as a tool to enhance the habitat. This is why I do my job.

Tue, Feb. 5th, 2008, 10:41 pm
Kitty Hawk update.

So far so good! Two days down, two to go. The meetings have been very productive and informative and that's all I can ask for. Tonight we managed to get out and see some stuff. We were able to get a private tour of the Wright Brothers' Memorial. It was a real treat! Then I managed to make it out for a local mardi gras celebration at a local restaurant (Ocean Boulevard) which was a blast. Here's some photos, I am headed to the beach in the morning in search of something more artistic.

The memorial visitors center.

A replica of the flyer.

40' 4" wing span

12 HP motor

The cockpit

Hard working percussion man, this boy played with the band for about 30 minutes.

Pork loin with sausage etouffee

More of the cajun sound.

Sun, Feb. 3rd, 2008, 09:48 pm

I spend a lot of time traveling, today I got a treat, I got to fly over my office on the way to Miami. We were in a little turboprop so we flew low and I was able to snap a few photos. Enjoy!

Low level clouds

Ave Maria, the new seminary just north of the refuge. Development in the county never stops.

My view:

I am now in the Outer Banks for the week, keep an eye on the blog, I hope to go out and get some good shots.

Thu, Jan. 24th, 2008, 10:52 am
A morning stroll in the fog

I needed reinforcement this morning, yesterday afternoon and evening I was questioning why I continue to climb the ever growing mountain of paperwork that has become my job. I questioned whether or not it's worth fighting that fight so that from time to time I get to burn things and make an impact on the land we manage here. So this morning I took a short walk with my camera to look at the burn that we did around the office in November. The plant response in south Florida is amazing, and I had just taken a photographer who is working freelance for the Nature Conservancy out in the area and showed him all the regrowth and the invigorated wildflower growth that comes post fire in the area. With the great light and all the dew I figured I might as well try my hand at capturing some of the plants' response to fire.

Here's the photos and my short explanations.

A dew covered spiderweb greeted me at the gate this morning.

A black-eyed Susan in the fog

Tickseeds in the burn

Palmetto growth after the fire, the light brown at the tips is all that is left from the burn.

The palmetto are already in bloom, in a few months they will be covered in berries.

A huge mass of blooms.

A dense fog this morning.

Britton's Wild Petunia

This fern is growing back out of a rock in the black.

I was also treated to visitors, the pair of Sandhill cranes are back.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the photos, sometime later I will explain in more depth the plant response to fire in south Florida.

Now playing: Razorlight - Before I Fall To Pieces

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008, 08:40 am
Burning up the refuge

Finally after a month or two of delays we were finally able to get in another prescribed burn. Due to many circumstances which were out of our control it took a long time for us to get our first burn in. We managed to burn 56 acres on the refuge, it was a good training burn with a bunch of new folks. Here are the photos...

Aaron dragging fire.

Fire running through the prairie
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Sun, Jan. 13th, 2008, 04:03 pm
Good ribbin'

We went out on the swamp buggy this weekend and then we cooked somecountry ribs, I have some photos of the events and if you areinterested in the rib recipe let me know.

Red shouldered hawk
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Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007, 10:17 pm
Labor Day Orchid Hike

Well it looks like I have finally made the time to get around to posting my photos from the Labor Day weekend swamp walk I took with Moe, Roland, Dave and Kate. It was a blast, although we only found a few in bloom. The water is finally coming up in the Fakahatchee Strand, which is nice to see, but I am afraid it might be too little too late.

Ghost in the tree

More of the Ghost Orchid

Pond Apples floating

Resurrection fern on the water

Dave, Kate, and Moe hike past a large pond apple.

Wed, Sep. 5th, 2007, 08:47 am
Labor Day Weekend...

What a life I lead...

I am enjoying a 3 day weekend in SWFL.

We will miss Tristan, but don't think this will be my last adventure with boy wonder, I am going to DC just to visit and shoot mad ass numbers of photos.

Rich, he brought mudslides

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