Ferns After Rain, Twelve Mile Swamp, Florida. 2020.
The headwaters to six tributaries, Twelve Mile Swamp is a conservation area composed of wetlands, cypress swamps, and pine uplands. Water from this area flows into six major creeks that empty into the Tolomato and Matanzas rivers. The fresh water supply and filtration these swamps provide is essential to the health of St. Johns County waterways. This scene was composed on a humid afternoon hike in mid-April, following much needed rain.
Twelve Mile Swamp continues to be threatened by development and potential road construction. For a deeper look at these threats, check out my award-winning article “SR 313 Threatens St. Augustine’s Twelve Mile Swamp.”
This was made with a Calumet 4×5 monorail camera using Ilford Delta film, 100 ISO, and scanned with an Epson Perfection v850 Pro. Ilex-Calumet 215mm Lens, f/5.6 at 1/125th of a second. Shot at Twelve Mile Swamp in St John’s County, Florida on April 14, 2020.