Having sailed/flown (what’s the correct terminology for an airboat?) along the firebreak canal and encountered several alligators we turned north. Another thunder storm was rolling across the horizon. We could see the lightning but not hear any thunder over the roar of the 68′ Chevy engine and huge fan that were propelling the boat. Bottom left you can see Captain Greg’s boat heading across the sawgrass. Although I had been disappointed in not being able to go out around sun down, the storm clouds more than made up for that. Photographically, given the flat expanses of grasslands in this corner of the Everglades (it’s not all like this) a cloudless blue-sky day would be absolutely the worst.
When I’d chartered the boat, through Everglades Airboat Charters I’d mentioned to Captain Greg that I was a photographer. Turns out he’s one too so ha had a better idea of what I might be interested in and my captain would frequently stop the boat and kill the engine to reduce camera shake.
I’ve posted two versions of this shot – a color version and a black and white version, below.
November 3, 2012. I decided to revisit this image and an alternative interpretation can be found here.