Sep 16, 2020

Gates of the L-28

All gates are open ...

On the S-343A.

Looking south

Looking east

Looking north

Looking west


Water heading south!

Sep 15, 2020

Barrier or confluence?

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),
looking north?

Now there's the artificial line ...

In the swamp called the L-28.

Part barrier part confluence, 

The levee and canal are under review.

Sep 14, 2020

Dinosaur swamp

Visitors are often struck ... 

By its primordial aura of the Big Cypress Swamp.


As fanciful as that sounds,
it's not too far from the truth.

I almost resembles a place that dinosaurs still lurk.

Sep 11, 2020

Rain re-nourished swamp

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
looking northeast

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.

Swamp to estuary

The Big Cypress is a multi-dimensional swamp.

In addition to using the rainwater for itself ...

Talk about multi-tasking!

It also feeds it downstream into the mangrove coast.

Sep 9, 2020

Spoon-fed estuary

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,
looking south?

 The swamp is ever so happy to share and send its freshwater south.

Sep 8, 2020

Hiding in plain sight

I thought I was filming ... 

The Tamiami Trail.


It was a good light day,
considering all the clouds

Looking at it after the fact, 

It's the cypress domes and strand that really jumped out.

Sep 7, 2020

Hole in the dome

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

Florida Groundhog Day

Up North on the continent, 

Labor Day marks the summer's "last hurrah."


Florida Groundhog
Day, explained

Down here on the peninsula,

It's our "Groundhog Day" reminder ...

That 6 weeks of summer still lie ahead.

Definitions: (Florida) Labor Day


Answer: See below

Happy "Florida Groundhog" Day

South Florida doesn't have a winter, therefore by definition it can't have a Groundhog Day?

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.

Sep 2, 2020

Tragedy of the new "phone book"

Remember the days:

When a phone was a phone ...

Not that I miss the
original phone book

And a book was a book?