Sep 16, 2020
Sep 15, 2020
The Big Cypress used to naturally blend ...
Into the Everglades at around 40 Mile Bend.
Can you see the Tamiami Trail (left to right)
and the L-28 canal (right) and levee (left),
Sep 14, 2020
Sep 11, 2020
It's been a rainy week in the swamp.
Here's some scenic photos of those clouds in action.
South of Tamiami Trail
in the vicinity of New River Strand
Near the mouth of Turner River
looking upstream. If you look closely
you can see the orphaned mile of
Turner River canal that was filled in
in 1996 and helped steer water back
to the river.
Yes, that's flooded, but it's not
the "wetting front." It's the line in
the swamp where the Moon Fish
Wildfire stopped, looking east
into the Everglades
The swamp is a flood and fire adapted ecosystem.
So goes flood and fire, so goes the swamp.
Sep 9, 2020
An estuary's best friend ...
Is an unpolluted and intact watershed upstream.
Can you see the cypress strand
in the foreground and the mangrove
estuary in the distance,
The swamp is ever so happy to share and send its freshwater south.
Sep 8, 2020
Sep 7, 2020
From the ground,
Cypress domes look like hills.
Cypress domes are the swamp's
signature physiographic feature,
even if they aren't named
Only in flying over them,
Can you see they are holes instead.
Also simply walking into one will prove the same thing.
Sep 6, 2020
Or is it just hiding in plain sight instead?
|Is that a cloud,|
or a Giant Groundhog?
Groundhog Day on the continent is a celebration that celestial winter is half way done. By contrast in south Florida we are content to never let winter never end.
Our summer on the other hand is another story.
What continental transplant (me included) hasn't at some point during Florida's unending summer craved a little dose of fall air, especially come Labor Day when friends and relatives from "up state" and "off peninsula" are just beginning to rejoice in the first of many rounds of crisp autumnal air. Meanwhile down on the south peninsula we are left to sweat out another six weeks of Old Man Summer. It usually isn't until Mid October that finally (and at long last) a cold front blasts through.
In my mind that's what makes Labor Day South Florida's Groundhog Day equivalent.
Only south Florida's groundhog doesn't emerge from ground to look for his shadow: It appears as giant cloud (see photo above) ...
Casting a shadow on us instead.