Sunday, February 9, 2014

Everglades II


The next day, because it was already in the 80's, we decided to get our walks in early and headed to Big Cypress Bend Recreation area along highway 41 (the Tamiami Trail)  to do a boardwalk----there are numerous boardwalks throughout the park and this was one of the longer ones.   The boardwalk is about 2 miles round trip and leads you deep into a cypress swamp.  Along the way we saw a baby alligator, a snake sunning itself on a log, a pair of nesting bald eagles and so much more.  This area is home to 44 species of orchids and 14 bromeliads (airplants).  We didn't see any orchids, but we saw numerous bromeliads and some of them had started blooming.
The Boardwalk
The Swamp
Strangler Fig
Baby Alligator
Bald Eagle to left, Nest to Right
Bromeliad





From there we drove to a smaller boardwalk for alligator viewing and they were huge!!!!
Then it was to the Kirby Sorter boardwalk that leads you from dry grasslands to deep in a cypress swamp.  It was full of birds and very atmospheric.









4 comments:

  1. I can't imagine going for a walk and taking a picture of an alligator!!

    You got some really nice shots.

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  2. It looks even more enticing now - it's not the way I think of Florida at all though of course I knew the Everglades exist. Most people in UK just think of Disneyland and Orlando but there's obviously a lot more to it - just as well since Disneyland is one place that is definitely not on my list of places to visit:)

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  3. I have never been to Disneyland and we even visited Orlando one time, but not for that.

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  4. Wow! I'm with Rowan, I didn't realise the Everglades were so fascinating. xx

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