March 2013 – Nikon FA with Ilford XP2 & Nikon 55mm f2.8 macro as primary lens

XP2 is an Ilford Black&White film. I enjoy using it because it has a great range of tones and the contrast is more low key than some other B&W films like Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5. Not far from where I live is Ross Prairie. It’s a small but beautiful natural area consisting of some large expanses of Prairie dotted with Oak Hammocks and Pine Forests. The area has a number of hiking trails, bike trails, and horse trails. It’s used quite a bit but stays in tip-top shape because of a dedicated group of folks who care for it. There are two main hiking trails – The Holly Hammock Trail and the Ross Prairie Loop Trail.

Holly Hammock Trail is about 2.8 miles long and cuts through all of the ecosystems in the Preserve. It’s fairly flat and makes for an excellent morning or late afternoon hike. It’s often used by bicycle riders and cross-country runners. Ross Prairie Loop Trail is longer – something like 3.8 to 4.3 miles. This trail goes through an area that had been dug up for the Cross Florida Barge Canal back in the late 1960s (I believe). The project actually started in the 1930s under Franklin Roosevelt was dropped and reinstated in 1963 under John Kennedy. President Johnson in 1964 started the actual construction for the canal. The project was halted in 1971 and officially terminated in 1991. The property was returned to the State of Florida and has become the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Anyway this part of the trail follows a high ridge of dirt deposited as the lower canal base areas were dug out. It’s like walking a small mountain ridge above the forest and plain. Very very nice.

Holly Hammock Trail - Ross Prairie

Holly Hammock Trail – Ross Prairie

Holly Hammock Trail - Ross Prairie

Holly Hammock Trail – Ross Prairie

Holly Hammock Trail - Ross Prairie

Holly Hammock Trail – Ross Prairie

 

Next time I’ll post some photographs from the Ross Prairie Loop Trail. Hope you enjoyed.

 

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Ross Prairie Loop Trail

Ross Prairie is a lovely wilderness area near where I live. It’s a great place for a nice short hike and is loaded with great photo¬†opportunities. The trails pass through pine forest, oak hammocks and areas of the prairie with beautiful golden grasses that sway¬†rhythmically in the wind. One of my favorite places to spend a few hours of peace and solitude.

Ross Prairie Loop Trail

Ross Prairie Loop Trail