Most US National Parks were created to protect unique geographic features, icons like Half Dome in Yosemite or Old Faithful in Yellowstone. Whereas Everglades National Park, the third largest national park in the country, was created to protect a fragile wetland ecosystem.
That’s the reason for all those wading birds I’ve been showing you lately. But just as important as the birds themselves, is the wetland made by an extremely slow moving river. In the freshwater sloughs, sharp-edges sawgrass grows up to 6 feet tall making the area look more like a prairie than a river. It gave the Everglades it’s nickname “River of Grass”.
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While I liked the original colour version of the image with its yellow grassy foreground, bright blue sky and puffy white clouds, I prefer the drama I was able to create in the black and white conversion.
I used Nik Silver Efex to convert it to black and white and added contrast and a vignette to increase the dark tones. I had to adjust the brightness and clarity of the clouds to bring out their details and prevent them from becoming washed out.
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