Sandy Island Road

If you saw the other pictures I took while walking this road, you might disagree with my choice. There are beautiful pictures of lilly pads with blooms, and there is a shot of the head of a 7 foot alligator popped out of the water, eyes glaring, waiting for a meal from 15 feet away. But I like this shot and it is the one that speaks most forcefully to me. It is also the rarest shot. This is a white sand road in Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge near Fort Morgan. It is an extremely wild habitat, full of snakes and alligators, wetlands and woodlands. I like the contrasts in this picture--from the cool blues of the shadows to the warmth of the grasses in the setting sun--the golds of last years grass and the bright greens of the emerging pines. Those pines are emerging while all around there are dead pine trunks killed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. I will go back to this place again and again, and I will return with shots of lilly pads and hopefully a great shot of that alligator. But today, this is the path I am travelling.
I like this capture very much. It looks like a road I would like to wander.
posted April 7th, 2010  
really really beautiful colors. Love this shot....makes me want to go do some exploring :)
posted April 7th, 2010  
What moving commentary, William. It's *your* path through the year's photos, and we get to know you by what you select to share with us. It's a lovely place, with it's white sand path... The colors came out just gorgeous!
posted April 7th, 2010  
Oh! I love it....so captivating!
posted April 7th, 2010  
this looks like a watercolor painting! lovely shot!
posted April 7th, 2010  
The colours are amazing
posted April 7th, 2010  
Well, I like this shot too, the colors are very pretty! I would have loved seeing the photo of the alligator too! Maybe you can catch him again on another day??
posted April 8th, 2010  
really great shot! beautiful tones and lighting... looks relaxing, too. i'd like to be there right now!
posted April 8th, 2010  
Very pretty!
posted April 8th, 2010  
Makes me want to take a walk! But will definitely stay on the trail after you talked about that alligator. Beautiful shot
posted April 9th, 2010  
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