the trail of cedars

Congaree National Park in South Carolina protects a watery wonderland of old-growth forest, including some of the tallest trees in eastern North America. Travel by canoe or kayak through 15 miles of wilderness on the Cedar Creek Canoe Trail – be sure keep an eye out for fall colors and wildlife like river otter, birds and maybe even an alligator! Photo courtesy of James and Jenny Tarpley, the park’s 2014 artists in residence.

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Singular… Hard to find a bloom more distinctive than the Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) that grows in the woodlands of Iowa… the ancient ones crushed seeds to create a love potion…

this one was growing along the old trolley trail that connected Cedar Falls to Waterloo and is now part of our nature trail system… I used a 105mm nikkor macro lens, with a nikkor close-up screw on lens, and a nikon macro light kit all on a Nikon D810, the best camera I ever owned…