In spite of the name of this blog I do occasionally leave the state and find awesome places and things to photograph. My wife took me on a trip to the Okeefenokee Swamp for my upcoming 63rd birthday. We went to both of the entrances on the eastern side of the swamp and had a great time. Just to prove that I'm not over the hill yet I even climbed to the top of the observation tower at the north entrance. I'm still not sure of just what this proved but the pain in my knees is manageable. This juvenile white ibis was braving the profusion of gators and hunting along the waters edge or maybe it hasn't learned of the hazards yet. I had not been to this swamp in many years and it was beautiful in spite of the recent fire damage and the low water levels.