Mount Sutro: An Electronic Periodical

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The One That Got Away

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Photo Credit: David July — A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Near Pioneer Drive, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012


part of the Thanksgiving 2012 album

When I first spotted this Anhinga anhinga just north of the main lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, it had just caught a fish. As the bird prepared to eat its catch, something happened and the fish successfully launched itself from the anhinga's bill with amazing speed and agility.

Photo Credit: David July — A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 16 February 2014

I pressed the shutter button repeatedly and captured three frames as the anhinga rapidly reacted by diving into the pond in pursuit.

Photo Credit: David July — After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) prepares to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012 Photo Credit: David July — After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012 Photo Credit: David July — After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

From escape to pursuit, everything seen above took place inside of two seconds. The anhinga returned seventeen seconds later, apparently without the fish.

Photo Credit: David July — Following the successful escape of the fish it caught, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) returns to a rock in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

I have no idea what ultimately occurred below the water's surface, but I was left with the impression that the fish did not become a meal that afternoon.

Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July

The Things We Leave Behind

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Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park.

18730 West Newberry Road, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014


part of the Dudley Farm Historic State Park album

Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014 Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

There are over six billion people on the planet.
In one hundred years all of us will be gone.
More will come.
What will be our legacy to them?
What will they say about us?
If there's even a place for them to exist at all.

— Steve Messina (2002)

Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014 Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives, but I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again.

What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived.

— Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (1994)

Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014 Photo Credit: David July — Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July