OKE Wildlife and Sundry Other Things

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It was not all that long ago that I attended a photography workshop and since then I’ve been trying out some of the things I learned in the class, but my summation is that one’s lens is never long enough to get the elusive money shot. If you will pardon the pun, the “long and short” of it is that I’m addicted to the sport, so it’s a good thing that we are here at the Okefenokee Swamp where the subject matter is diverse and also sometimes as elusive as the perfect photo.

Speaking of elusive wildlife and photography, I’m super excited to say that my photo of the Bobcat on the Boardwalk is featured on the Okefenokee Challenge Coin this year. Wow! ❤️

That’s that for wildlife. As for the sundry other things, the time in this magical place has just flown by, just as it did the first time we volunteered here. In less than a month we will begin our trek home (by way of Indiana for RV service) for some much-needed family time.

We enjoy the opportunity of providing a service to our nation’s national wildlife refuges. Through volunteerism we have learned a lot about nature, but it means more to us to pitch in when and where needed. I support the refuge by working in the visitor center, nature store, and office. Thirty years of secretarial/administrative experience, as well as volunteering for the last four years has prepared me for this service.

Ken has fallen into a good maintenance routine here that includes cleaning up and hauling cardboard to a local recycler and all other recycling to a facility in Brunswick (a never ending job). He helps keep the Refuge entrance road and Swamp Island Drive clean, including restroom upkeep. Recently, he enjoyed the teamwork of rebuilding the boat dock and he likes going out in the Swamp on work details.

All-in-all, the service is why we volunteer and the people here are why we came back for a second term. Mostly, we are here because we wanted to work again with fellow volunteers, Katie and Bruce. And the volunteer coordinator, Gracie is the best. It really is because of them that we are here and it will be bittersweet when we leave early next month.

Lifelong friendships have been made here and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Dorothy and Ken

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 11/2018-5/2019 ❤️

5 Replies to “OKE Wildlife and Sundry Other Things”

  1. Hello there,

    Wow….great photos! Love all of them! It looks like that photography workshop may have given you a few tips. Not that you needed many. I do love the bobcat photo but if I had to pick one it would have to be the owl. I’ve always been fascinated by owls. It seems I only get to hear them and rarely catch a glimpse. This photo is beautiful!

    I’m sure you are sad to be leaving such a beautiful and exciting place. We sure enjoyed it when we got to visit there with you two years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long.

    Take care and safe travels home. See you soon!

    Love you!
    Robin & Jerry


  2. Thanks, I love the Barred Owl, too!! I had been wanting to get that shot for months, along with a beautiful shot of the water lily, which I also feel like I’ve accomplished. Oh, and the River Otter… would like one more opportunity of a shot of it. Maybe today. Miss you like crazy. Can’t wait to see you and plan our next meet up!


  3. Oh, yes, the water lily….it’s great….ha…I guess I don’t have a favorite after all. Yes, I look forward to it also. Miss you too!! We must make some other plans besides Helen’s. Call me when you get some free time.


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