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America's Ultimate Water Park
Florida's Dry Tortugas Islands
A kayaker near the western wall of Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Americas and a 19th-century U.S. military fortress and prison

"Fort Jefferson takes up 90 percent of Garden Key. It has a huge feeling of history, and you get the feeling that it wasn't an entirely happy history. You can tell that there was a lot of blood and sweat that went into constructing this.

"The park department has tours you can take, but you don't even really need to listen to them to get a sense of the immensity and probably the sacrifice that was required to build this in such a remote and hot, muggy place."

—Photographer Tim Calver

Photography Notes

  • Film: Fuji Provia 100
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1, with a custom-made lightweight water-shot housing
  • Lens: 28mm
  • Position: photographer crouched in three to four feet (about a meter) of water, with lens just barely above the surface
  • Time of day: late afternoon

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