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As with many people who live here in Florida, I did not grow up here. When I thought of Florida, I thought of beautiful sunsets out at the beach. I could imagine bringing my camera and snapping picture after picture of the sunsets.

After I moved here in ’93 I discovered a part of Florida that no one talks about in their vacation stories: Rural Florida. In particular for me it is a town in Manatee County called Myakka City. This is where I discovered that there was more to this beautiful state than I could ever have imagined. Among the acres and acres of orange groves and farmland are endless sightings of cows, horses, chickens, wild hogs, deer and turkey: all the things I left back home in upstate NY and never imagined finding here in Florida.

After moving to Myakka City, I discovered that Florida mornings were more beautiful than the sunsets and beaches. Out here in the mornings it is usually a little foggy and as the sun starts to rise, its brilliant colors stream through the trees and reflect off the fog. If I am fortunate, our horses will be in the right spot so that I can capture them grazing in the ribbons of colored light burning off the fog. If it looks like it is going to be a dreary day, then the dew dripping off the flowers or the silhouette of the birds against the morning fog will capture my camera lens.

And as the Florida mornings offer the promise of a new day, I will be out there with my camera trying to capture the images.

—Lisa Yow

I am a self taught recreational photographer here in Myakka City, FL. Though I never know where my camera will lead me, I mostly photograph outdoor events and nature. My photos can be viewed on Facebook at Camo Creek Photography.