Earth, Rain and Fire Groundwater flowing out of the earth coalesces with the tannin stained rainwaters of the Santa Fe River at Ginnie Springs. 


Throughout my life I have always had a deep desire to capture images of the natural world. My first big purchase as a kid was a Nikonos camera. I knew back then that photography was something I had to do, a language to let me communicate what I could not express any other way.

North Florida’s rivers, and springs are the canvas that I choose to focus my effort. Born and raised here, I feel fortunate to have grown up in the land of mysterious waters. The first time I pulled back the bushes and saw a spring I knew these magical places would be a permanent part of my life.


Secrets to be Explored
The Devil’s Ear in the basin of the Santa Fe River beckons explorers in.


Our area offers one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. A giant, three-dimensional karst terrain that produces a renewable resource of the finest water on earth. I can think of no place on the planet more worthy of my attention and love than my own backyard.

The first objective of my image making is to capture what I am experiencing. This varies greatly from most image makers, which have a talent for capturing what they see. It is extremely rare that this happens for me spontaneously on a photographic outing. More times than not my images represent an evolutional crafting that may keep me working on an image for years. Honestly, I’m never sure of what I’m doing until the right elements of light, technology, mood, and the environment all line up for that one magical moment.


Earth’s Sweet Breath
A golden steam rises from water born of the earth on a crisp winter morning on the Santa Fe River


The Jade Grotto
Troy Springs, one of Florida’s most beautiful first magnitude springs

Certainly, one of the greatest challenges for me has been the forced mixing of technology with artistry. In the alien and aqueous world of subterranean caves this has proven to be a greater challenge than one might ever imagine. The goal, to drag an enormous amount of expensive, flood-prone, temperamental and dangerous electronic equipment into an environment of perpetual darkness and hope everybody and everything does their job. It has to be the only form of photography where you have no idea what you have created until after you get the film back. The quest to build equipment, techniques, and methods necessary to capture these images has lasted decades and has required a tremendous amount of patience and support from a team of the best dive buddies I could have ever hoped to find.

Fantasy of Flight Seemingly suspended in mid-air, canoers enjoy the sensation of flight above the air clear waters of Cypress Spring.


DiePolders II
No place on earth better exemplifies the beauty, wonder and intrigue of cave diving inside of the Floridan Aquifer than Diepolders II.

As divers we get to live out a Peter Pan fantasy of flying weight-less within a dreamscape of unparallel beauty. The things we see and the places we explore have a deep and profound impact on us all. For me the goal has always been to share our world with others in hopes of touching someone’s heart. It could be a smile, or a moment of awe, but the best result is when an image reveals beauty and wonder that you never knew existed. My greatest pleasure is when my images empower others to act on behalf of our fragile ecosystems. In those moments, I trust the passions that I have placed into my images are being applied to their highest and best use. 

Lure of the Labyrinth Descending into the wonders of Ginnie Springs


Fanning Spring Manatee The warm waters of Florida Spings are home to the endangered manatee.


Sweetwater Cave
Explorer Mark Long in the Upper Level of Sweetwater Cave.


The Crown Jewel of Florida’s pristine rivers and springs