Dec 14, 2018

Paradox at Oasis

I've always thought it a bit of a shame ...

That visitors travel so deep into the Big Cypress Swamp:

View of Oasis VC
Looking East

Only to view alligators in a human-dug canal.

Dec 12, 2018

How To: Spot a cold front

No matter how hard I tried,

I struck out looking for the cold front to the north.

Northern cold fronts
are celebrated events
in south Florida

Fortunately the flag helped point it out!

Another view of Oasis

Looking Northeast

Dec 7, 2018

Swamp oasis

Oasis Visitor Center is a gateway
into the Big Cypress Swamp

Can you see the cypress domes (right)
and strands (left)?

As seen along Tamiami Trail looking west

Swamp of illusions

Looks can be deceiving in the swamp ...

As illustrated in the photo below.

As seen in Mullet Slough
looking to the southeast

Do you see the rolling hills in the background?

They are actually holes.

And do you see the recessed patch of green in the middle?

That's actually the only dry ground in sight.

And what look like deeper-looking holes in the foreground?

They are little oases of herbaceous marsh.

Wetting front in retreat

As the water surface slowly drops,

It also retreats into the swamp's lowest spots.

Can you see the wetting front?

That also makes it hard to see,

Increasingly under the cover of cypress trees.

As seen on the outer perimeter of the cypress dome above.