WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Botanical Realms

Ralph Arwood, USA

Cypress swamp in a golden dawn

Ralph works as a volunteer photographer in the huge Big Cypress National Preserve, part of Florida’s Western Everglades. Bald-cypress is a typical tree of this vast wetland, often growing within the swamp areas, draped in moss, and providing food, nesting places and shelter for many of the animals found here. Twice a year, Ralph joins biologists as they fly transects over the cypress swamp to monitor the numbers of white-tailed deer. The deer feed in the open prairies in early morning, and so the flights begin at sunrise. ‘As so often on an early morning flight, the ground fog rising from the water crystallised the light,’ he says. ‘A huge, glistening spider’s web hanging from one of the bald-cypress trees added the perfect accent to a mystical view of the swamp.’

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 80-400mm lens at 400mm; 1/2000 sec at f8 (-1 e/v); ISO 1600.


Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, USA: latitude 25.9011, longitude -81.3214 Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, USA: latitude 25.9011, longitude -81.3214

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, USA

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Ralph Arwood, USA