WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Animals in their Environment

Mac Stone, United States of America

Swamp heaven

Mac spent months in the Francis Beidler Forest, South Carolina, photographing one of the world's largest stands of virgin cypress and tupelo trees. His aim was to show a positive view of swamps, so often regarded as worthless if not dangerous. In one lake he discovered a log that was a magnet for sunbathers. But the only way to get close enough to photograph the animals without disturbing them was to mount his camera on the log. He programmed it to take a picture every ten minutes. What it revealed was a constant stream of visitors, including this yellow-bellied slider and American alligator, in swamp heaven under the sun.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 50D + 10-22mm lens; 1/8 sec at f22; ISO 100; Manfrotto Magic Arm + Super Clamp; Canon Intervalometer.


Francis Beidler Forest, South Carolina, USA: latitude 33.2206, longitude -80.3542 Francis Beidler Forest, South Carolina, USA: latitude 33.2206, longitude -80.3542

Francis Beidler Forest, South Carolina, USA

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