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J. Michael Wilhelm, Natures Images / 1,247 items

N 6 B 381 C 0 E Jun 26, 2002 F May 8, 2018
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Kachina Bridge is named for the rock art symbols on the face of the bridge that resembles symbols commonly used on kachina dolls. It is a Hopi Indian name. This bridge is the second largest bridge in the Monument. It is 210 ft. high, spans 204 ft, is 44 ft. wide and 93 ft thick at the top. The hike down to the streambed here from the parking area is very steep. Once here, it is quite easy walking to either side of kachina Bridge. You can hike from bridge to bridge once down to this river bed level. Sipapu is 5.6 miles upstream from this point and Owachomo Bridge is 5.4 miles downstream. Horsecollar Ruins is located between Sipapu and Kachina Bridges.

Horsecollar Ruins was what started my fascination with these early Indians and the ruins that they left behind nearly 800 years ago. These Indians were the early culture of many of the tribes of today. They were called Anasazi, "Ancient Ones" a member of an ancient American Indian people of the southwestern US, who flourished between c. 200 BC and AD 1500. The earliest phase of their culture, typified by pit dwellings, is known as the Basket Maker period; the present day Pueblo culture developed from a later stage.

After leaving Natural Bridges I began seeking more information and ruin locations that I could hike to and or parks and monuments that preserved these ruins on the remainder of this trip out west.

I should have mentioned that this was made with my first Sony digital camera and it only had 2.1 MP but did write the file to a mini-disc in Tiff format. That only took 45 seconds and you had to wait as there was no buffer. But the lens was a super sharp Carl Zeiss. My cell phone's camera is 8 MP...progress. Thanks

You can see more of the images that I made at this park here:
www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157594313...

BTW, if you like a bit of humor of the things that have happened to me over the years on some of my photo adventures, try reading some of the stories in my Blog. I've just added the last two adventures that happened many years ago. Just waiting for the next humorous adventure to arrive.
I'm sure there must have been a couple of events that happened out of the ordinarily while some other photo adventures, but trying to remember back 15 years now is a real task. But when I do I will write them up and post to my Blog.

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N 1 B 241 C 0 E Apr 10, 2018 F Apr 28, 2018
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While camping here last month I continued to seek out landscape compositions that might make for a large wall mural representing what Old Florida might have looked like about 500 years ago. This image is of some great area for wild turkey. This is just north of the Big Flats campground where I camped. At this location I would probably would have been standing in nearly 3.5 feet of water brought on by the normal rainy season and last year's hurricane Irma back in Sept. It's very dry right now but still hard walking.

From the amount of wild hog droppings I'm standing in (I'm being kind here), I would say that there is still and will continue to be a population of hogs that will never be eliminated from this park. Just consider for every hog trapped and removed a female hog un-trapped will deliver about 10-13 piglets 4 times a year. There seems to be more than just trapping that needs to be implemented and I saw signs of that the this morning where I came up to a hog that was shot in the head apparently the evening before about 40 yards off the edge of the main road. So I am guessing that the trapper has been given the OK to do some shooting as well.

Deer will follow the tree line around to the right and cross the road (the far trees and meadow) to go out to the Myakka River. There was still quite a bit of fog hanging in the air just before 8 am. And as you can see fog defuses an image by really lowering the contrast and muting colors. That's what I like about shooting when there is heavy fog.

So the original file of this is 7 horizontal frames @ 48 inches long @ 300 ppi. If you click on the down arrow icon on the right under the image and choose "Original Size" you will see the full uploaded size of 5563 X 1467 pixels.

You can go here for the mural images I made last year at this park:
www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157680532...

To see more of the images of landscapes, wildlife, sunsets and sunrises go here: www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157603238...

BTW, if you like a bit of humor of the things that have happened to me over the years on some of my photo adventures, try reading some of the stories in my Blog. I've just added the last two adventures that happened many years ago. Just waiting for the next humorous adventure to arrive.
I'm sure there must have been a couple of events that happened out of the ordinarily while some other photo adventures, but trying to remember back 15 years now is a real task. But when I do I will write them up and post to my Blog.

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www.jmwnaturesimages.blogspot.com

N 0 B 281 C 0 E Apr 12, 2018 F Apr 28, 2018
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While camping here last month I continued to seek out landscape compositions that might make for a large wall mural representing what Old Florida might have looked like about 500 years ago. This image is of some of the flooded marsh lands between the road (behind me) over to the far hard wood hammocks adjacent to the Myakka River. This is just north of the Big Flats campground where I camped. At this location I would probably be standing in nearly 3 feet of water brought on by the normal rainy season and last year's hurricane Irma.

From the amount of wild hog droppings (I'm being kind here), I would say that there is still and will continue to be a population of hogs that will never be eliminated from this park. Just consider for every hog trapped and removed a female hog un-trapped will deliver about 10-13 piglets 4 times a year. There seems to be more than just trapping that needs to be implemented and I saw signs of that the this morning where I came up to a hog that was shot in the head apparently the evening before about 40 yards off the edge of the main road. So I am guessing that the trapper has been given the OK to do some shooting as well.

So the original file of this is 6 vertical frames @ 54 inches long @ 300 ppi. If you click on the down arrow icon on the right under the image and choose "Original Size" you will see the full uploaded size of 25 X 15 inches.

You can go here for the mural images I made last year at this park:
www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157680532...

To see more of the images of landscapes, wildlife, sunsets and sunrises go here: www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157603238...

BTW, if you like a bit of humor of the things that have happened to me over the years on some of my photo adventures, try reading some of the stories in my Blog. I've just added the last two adventures that happened many years ago. Just waiting for the next humorous adventure to arrive.
I'm sure there must have been a couple of events that happened out of the ordinarily while some other photo adventures, but trying to remember back 15 years now is a real task. But when I do I will write them up and post to my Blog.

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www.jmwnaturesimages.blogspot.com

N 3 B 396 C 0 E Apr 12, 2018 F Apr 24, 2018
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While camping here last week I continued to seek out landscape compositions that might make for a large wall mural representing what Old Florida might have looked like about 500 years ago. This image was made near the road, so no longer hikes were needed. In the larger opening to the right out in the bright sunlit fields is a doe deer making her way back to her fawn. The doe's cross the road with fawns in tow at dawn and leave them in and around the same areas that I photograph. When the doe's have browsed on the new grasses, she returns to her fawns and cross the road and beds down in the hardwood oak hammocks.

Now just as I finished making the multiple images for this pano, I noticed an animal hoping upend down while running away from two crows just to the left of where the deer is located. As the animal got closer I could see it was a bobcat crossing not 30 yards from where I'm standing and dove in under that brush pile on the left. After the crows left the cat eased out from under his hiding place and started to walk in my direction and then turned and walked slowly between the two large oak trees at the left edge of this image. Now people ask me why do I wear camp cloths when I'm out in the wilds....well, its because that cat never saw me even though I was about 40 feet away. I sounded out with a "Hi Bob" and he stopped and looked straight at me but I don't really think he saw me, as he just slowly walked off and crossed the road on my left.

So the original file of this is 4 vertical framed pano is @ 48 inches long @ 300 ppi. If you click on the down arrow icon on the right under the image and choose "Original Size" you will see the full uploaded size of 26 X 15 inches.

You can go here for the mural images I made last year at this park:
www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157680532...

To see more of the images of landscapes, wildlife, sunsets and sunrises go here: www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157603238...

BTW, if you like a bit of humor of the things that have happened to me over the years on some of my photo adventures, try reading some of the stories in my Blog. I've just added the last two adventures that happened many years ago. Just waiting for the next humorous adventure to arrive.
I'm sure there must have been a couple of events that happened out of the ordinarily while some other photo adventures, but trying to remember back 15 years now is a real task. But when I do I will write them up and post to my Blog.

www.facebook.com
www.jmwnaturesimages.blogspot.com

N 3 B 258 C 0 E Apr 10, 2018 F Apr 22, 2018
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While camping here last week I continued to seek out landscape compositions that might make for a large wall mural representing what Old Florida might have looked like about 500 years ago. This image is of some flat lands between two Hardwood hammocks just north of the Big Flats campground where I camped. I would probably be standing in nearly 3 feet of water by the water marks on the trees, which of course I would not because the park was closed. That would have made hiking to the places that I hiked on this trip a bit on the rough side, not that I haven't done a little wading for images in my past but no longer.

From the amount of wild hog droppings (I'm being kind here) on the other side of this field, I would say that there is still and will continue to be a population of hogs that will never be eliminated. Just consider for every hog trapped and removed a female hog will deliver about 10-13 piglets 4 times a year. o more than just trapping needs to be implemented and I saw signs of that the next morning where I came up to a hog that was shot in the head apparently the evening before about 40 yards off the edge of the main road. So I am guess that the trapper has been given the OK to do some shooting as well.

So the original file of this is 5 vertical frames @ 54 inches long @ 300 ppi. If you click on the down arrow icon on the right under the image and choose "Original Size" you will see the full uploaded size of 40 X 15 inches. If you click on the down arrow icon on the right and select "Original Size" you can see the full 40 inch long image.

You can go here for the mural images I made last year at this park:
www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157680532...

To see more of the images of landscapes, wildlife, sunsets and sunrises go here: www.flickr.com/photos/jmwnaturesimages/albums/72157603238...

BTW, if you like a bit of humor of the things that have happened to me over the years on some of my photo adventures, try reading some of the stories in my Blog. I've just added the last two adventures that happened many years ago. Just waiting for the next humorous adventure to arrive.
I'm sure there must have been a couple of events that happened out of the ordinarily while some other photo adventures, but trying to remember back 15 years now is a real task. But when I do I will write them up and post to my Blog.

www.facebook.com
www.jmwnaturesimages.blogspot.com


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