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Initially the plan was for the Dimocks, a local guide (Harrison), and two of the Irene “boys” to download a canoe, skiff, and the small motorboat from the Irene near the mouth of Rocky Creek in the Ten ousand Islands north of Rodgers River. en the motorboat was to tow the skiff and canoe up Rocky Creek until they reached a small sea- sonal Seminole camp they knew of. ere they would leave the motorboat (which been a dry year and that there was not enough water in some parts of the Everglades to float a canoe. Despite his admonitions, the two-canoe flotilla set out from Storter’s south into the Ten ousand Islands before turning east into the Everglades. Just as Charley Tommy had predicted, the expedition was forced to abort after several days when it be- came clear that the water was too shallow to allow them to reach Miami. Even so, with Aboard the Irene, the Dimocks set out on numerous fishing expeditions. One trip in the sum- mer of 1908, when Julian perfected his technique for photographing tarpon in midleap, lasted for fifty-two days. On that outing, as reported in A. W.’s Book of the Tarpon, they fished from Boca Grande to Barron River in the Ten ousand Islands. Along the way, they caught 334 tarpon, all from a canoe. Sixty-three were caught on an 8-ounce fly rod; some were caught with hand lines. e best fishing locales were: Boca Grande (84 tarpon in 15 days); Captiva Pass (66 in 14 days); and the Caloosahatchee River (35 in 5 days). A. W. wrote that the only reason they quit fishing was that Julian had exhausted his supply of glass negatives. is spec- tacular shot of Irene’s captain catching a tarpon on a hand line was taken off Boca Grande. It was used as the cover shot for e Book of the Tarpon. July 12, 1908; 47093. lotte Harbor and then returned to New York. ey were back again in January 1906 and spent the first five months of the year largely aboard the Irene sailing the coast from Marco to Cape Sable with many stops in be- tween in the Ten ousand Islands. In June and perhaps early July of that year, the Dimocks had the Irene retrofitted to bet- ter serve their needs. A larger tank for fresh water was added, along with a darkroom for Julian. To accommodate the darkroom, the cabin was enlarged by removing the Irene’s aft mast. By late July, the Irene was ready for a trip down into the Ten ousand Islands. would be taken back to the Irene by some of the men), and the others would then paddle and pole their way east across the Everglades to Miami, photographing the Seminole In- dians they met along the way. As recounted in Hidden Seminoles, the plan went bad from the beginning. One of the Irene crew refused to go, and they replaced him with George Storter, owner of Storter’s store at Ever- glades City. He apparently intended to guide them into Rocky Creek and return with the mo- torboat. When they could not find the Seminole camp, it was decided that the water in the Glades was deep enough to continue on east with the motorboat towing the other two craft. Several days later, they could see smoke from Miami. What they did not see, though, were any Semi- nole Indians. e Seminoles, unsure of the mo- tives of the five white people, simply hid. After spending a short time in Miami, the Dimocks and their companions boarded their craft and traveled southward from Miami, through the Upper Keys, then up the Gulf coast to Everglades City and on to Marco Island. e entire journey took less than two weeks. In September, in search of more adven- tures and land and seascapes to photograph, Julian and A. W. sailed the Irene north to Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. ey did some fishing and also went up (and back down) the Myakka River. In May 1907, the Dimocks returned to Florida and continued their explorations of the coast. Intent on again crossing the Ever- glades, in mid-August they returned to Storter’s store, where they hired Charley Tommy, a Seminole Indian, as a guide. Charley Tommy was well aware that it had Charley Tommy as guide, the Dimocks were able to gain entry into several Seminole camps and take photographs. Unable to move east, they instead went north to Brown’s Boat Landing, a store near the boundary of the Big Cypress Swamp and the Everglades (about 35 miles southeast of present-day Immokalee). ere Julian took more photographs of Seminole Indians. Bid- ding adieu to Charley Tommy and a man from Everglades City who had accompanied them, the Dimocks rented oxen and a cart from William Brown, owner and operator of Boat Landing, and, guided by Brown’s adult son Frank, loaded up their two canoes and equipment and traveled overland to the Caloosahatchee River several days to the north. Once there, they took leave of Frank Brown and the oxen, put their canoes in the river, and paddled back to Marco Island. Early June 1908 saw the Dimocks back at Marco Island, again engaged in fishing and photography expeditions up and down the coast aboard the Irene. For the next three months, they traveled from Boca Grande down through the Ten ousand Islands and back to Marco. At that point, they had spent a total of more than twenty-five months in southwest Florida. e Dimocks did not return to Florida again until February 1910, and then they did not travel to Marco Island. Instead, a month was spent photographing truck farms and the citrus industry in north central and east Florida, around McIntosh, Lake Weir, Ocala, Sanford, and Cocoa (it is not certain that A. W. was with Julian). During the month, Julian traveled south from Cocoa to Fort Lauderdale and perhaps farther south before turning back PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 55