Photographs by Richard Freeman
Florida, my new home. How come whenever there is a bizarre story about someone shooting someone, it is in Florida? Anyway, there are some beautiful landscapes in Florida. I bought a telephoto lens and a monopod with a swivel-ball head just for the occasion, since I found myself out on the prairies and swamps so often (not much else to do 'round these parts!).
Around north central Florida there are some beautiful areas, lakes, fresh water springs, rivers, prairies. And around the state are swamps, the Everglades, the ocean, the Gulf... You get the idea (the Keys). I have not seen everything I just listed, but I am getting around. One place that is quite beautiful is Paynes Prairie, a 21,000 acre state park. The entrance to one of its best walks is actually in Gainesville, so it is easy to get to. I have so many images from this park I decided to separate them from the others. I also went on a kayak trip down the Ichetucknee River where I was fortunate enough to find myself drifting among some manatees. I decided to separate these images also.
All of these images were taken from April 2012-Present (and ongoing). In April 2014 I switched from my Lumix GF1 to a Fuji X-E2, and soon after purchased an 84-305mm zoom lens specifically to use on the prairie.