Do you love Everglades National Park for its birdlife? If so, then this show is for you.
Local photographer Charlie Causey is the featured artist this month at Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery inside the park’s main entrance in Homestead. Here’s how the park describes Causey and his new show:
A Florida Keys resident since 1980, this artist’s photographic adventures with large wading birds – a centerpiece of this exhibit – began 7 years ago. Many of the photos featured were taken in four specific locales in Everglades National Park: Lake Ingraham, Snake Bight, Eco Pond and the Anhinga Trail.
“The best chance for an up close photo of a large water bird like the egret, heron, or anhinga,” said Causey, “is at Anhinga Trail.” He also shares his technique for capturing a bird in flight in the park’s Flamingo District and Florida Bay, “This usually requires being ready, with a fast camera, telephoto lens, and a bit of luck for a quick series of shots as the birds go whizzing by.”
He adds, “Even when I see them coming, to get a keeper is the exception rather than the rule. About a third of the exhibit’s photos were taken with the camera attached to a tripod to ensure no blur in the photo and as much detail as possible.”
The artist hopes that those visiting the exhibit will also be inspired to visit or revisit the nearby Anhinga Trail, just a short distance from the Visitor Center, and other featured sites as time permits. Out of his passion for the beauty and bounty of this region, Causey founded the Florida Keys Environmental Fund in 1988, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect area marine and terrestrial ecosystems. He still currently serves on the board of directors for a number of local, state, and national environmental organizations.
(Note: The featured photograph with this post is from Causey’s previous show at Everglades National Park).