Featured Photographer: Liam Wolff
At Phinizy Center, we appreciate our fantastic photographers who allow us to use their photos of the park and its wildlife. This month, we are featuring photographer Liam Wolff. Liam’s photos have been featured in our 2015 calendar, park photo magnets and more. You can see more of his photos at our photo gallery or on his Flikr page.
I’m a 19 year old freshman studying biology at Georgia Regents University. My interest in birds and wildlife started at 8 years old and, being homeschooled until graduation, I had plenty of spare time to develop my interest. At 13 I bought my first digital camera and since then photography has become a part of me. Although birds are my specialty, I enjoy trying my hand at HDR landscapes. I won first place plus an honorable mention at Phinizy’s 2013 photo contest.
Outdoors is where I feel most at home. There’s something about the moss-draped trees, the singing birds, the comforting wind that relaxes me like nothing else. It’s always wonderful to escape reality for a few hours and surround myself with nature. I often find myself travelling to distant places in pursuit of this – to see wildlife that isn’t normally found in Augusta or to simply smell the salt of the sea. I have been to many incredible places and seen some amazing things. Yet Phinizy Swamp remains one my favorite places. It is an oasis for wildlife in Southeast Georgia. I know of no other park in the Coastal Plain that has such diverse habitat. The combination of wispy cypress swamps, whispering pine forests, and wistful marsh cells attracts a large variety of wildlife of all kinds – from birds and beavers to butterflies and bullfrogs. Many rare birds have graced the waters at Phinizy Swamp, some of which I have had the pleasure of observing myself, such as Surf Scoter, American White Pelican, and Ross’s Goose. The trails are safe and accessible and the animals may allow close views. It is well worth it any day to hike Phinizy Swamp. There is no better way to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening.