Nature Photos

Savanna Pointe offers a unique location in which to live. An archeological survey conducted prior to our development reveals that these lands were home to prehistoric settlements. This ridge of land surrounding what is now Paynes Prairie provided a dry location regardless of the water levels on the Prairie. When dry, it functioned as a savannah for herding animals and agriculture, and during the wetter cycles it provided the surrounding inhabitants with fish and other aquatic resources.

Today our prairie provides the Savanna Pointe residents with a rich panorama. Writer David Stringer and photographer Kim Stringer awaken to the sunrise over the Savanna Pointe prairie and are witness to fog in the meadows, thunderstorms over the wetlands, and our abundant birds and other wildlife. Alligators, owls, eagles, migratory and resident sandhill cranes, and grazing cattle all call Savanna Pointe their refuge and home.

Please enjoy the works of David and Kim Stringer.

All photos on this page are owned and copyrighted by Kim Stringer

The Flight

From your seat before the window you
lift from your chair and take flight
over Paynes Prairie Ė low at first,
skimming the barbed wire fence,
avoiding the still vacant blue bird house,
then gliding free, twisting over the grasses.
Startled egrets cock their heads
to look up, and sandhill cranes, yes,
crane their necks to see and cry their
raucous welcome to you, the newcomer.

You glide on silent wings over ponds
and marshes, the morning mists lifted,
the sun warm and golden, the breeze
strangely still. You lift yourself on soft
powerful wings, pass the stoic kestrel
standing sentinel on a leafless tree as
meadowlarks rise in alarm, gather, scatter,
and reassemble again in the grasses.
A great blue heron approaches and veers
away. You circle toward distant

trees edging the prairie, but no, in a graceful
turn you swerve back toward the house and me,
my coffee frozen inches from my lips, watching,
transfixed, my wife who was suddenly not
at my side eating breakfast. You skim low over
the reeds to check for frogs, then spy the bulls
ambling into the prairie and canít resist bothering
them into a small stampede. You swoop
through our window, settle into your chair,
smooth your feathers, and nibble your toast.

--David Stringer

Savanna Pointe, Gainesville, FL