My wife and I were visiting our daughter in Florida this weekend, and she took us to Blue Spring State Park. The spring runs 72 degrees F year-round, and in cold weather a few hundred manatee gather at the spring to stay warm. Here are some pictures, taken with my new Pentax K-50. This is my first DSLR, and my first SLR, and my first time using it, so technique and composition are not great. Suggestions are welcome!
As we walked from the river towards the spring we saw 1 manatee:
The trees and tropical foliage are very striking:
The water is spectacularly clear, so many fish are visible as well:
This is the actual spring. The warm water comes out of the deep cracks in the limestone:
And as we walked out, we saw a manatee on his back, rather like a lion after a big meal:
All pictures were taken with a pentax K-50 with a kit 18-55 mm lens and a circular polarizing filter using Program mode.