Gore’s Landing, Ocklawaha River, 2020.
Evening sets in on the Ocklawaha River at Gore’s Landing. This image was composed along the western bank of the Ocklawaha River near one of my favorite places to pause and reflect. Freshwater wetlands flush out the far side of the river during the 2019-2020 drawdown of Rodman Impoundment. The dammed Ocklawaha River is affected by the drawdown as water levels drop approximately 7 feet over thousands of acres during a short three to four month window once every several years. The wetlands, normally inundated for far longer than natural and well past their capabilities to function, rejoice in their respite from the burden of the dam. New growth sprouts along the edges of the river, freshwater springs blink back into being, and recreation opportunities increase. At the end of the drawdown, the dam is closed and the water backs up, stealing away whatever gains the river system had made.
This was made with a Calumet 4×5 monorail camera using Ilford FP4+ film, 125 ISO, and scanned with an Epson Perfection v850 Pro. Ilex-Calumet 215mm Lens. Shot at Gore’s Landing along the Ocklawaha River in Marion County, Florida on January 1, 2020.