Ocklawaha River

Photographing the Drowned Forest of the Ocklawaha by Kayak

Dawn at the Orange Springs boat ramp on the drawn down Ocklawaha River

I scoured the drowned forest for the compositions etched into my mind these last weeks. I’ve studied these trees in my dreams, I’ve watched the light illuminate their texture, I’ve seen the shadows in their shape. I was here to photograph these trees, to find their stories that have been stuck in the thickening mud of this lost place.

Lost Springs

A brown bird with its head down expresses the solemn nature of the Drowned Forest.

Photos made while filming the environmental arts documentary ‘Lost Springs’.

Lost Springs

Experiencing a landscape scarred and abandoned by government failure, an artist must come to grips with the impending loss of her subject matter: a collection of majestic freshwater springs exposed only for a short time before being smothered and forgotten beneath waters held back by an aging and purposeless dam.

Lost Springs Teaser

A short teaser highlighting the 2015-16 drawdown of the Rodman Pool and hinting at an upcoming environmental documentary and artist profile.

Haynes Creek

Ryan Cantey paddles the upper Ocklawaha as sun breaks through the trees.

Sunlight breaks into shards of shattered glass, shining spotlights under the bridge. Haynes Creek, a slow-moving river in central Florida, ripples beneath the light. A damselfly rests upon a lily-pad, its shadow pulled downstream.