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.
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
Mac Stone, United States of America
Mac is a conservation photographer, currently focusing on reshaping public opinion towards the wetlands and swamps of the southeastern USA. He has just published a major book on the Everglades, after five years living and working there. His previous travels include two years in Honduras, where he taught underprivileged children photography to raise environmental awareness.