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.

Dec 5, 2018

Can you see the high ground?

Hint: It's the green area

Follow the dome!

Whereas the high-ground pinelands (green) are ...

A natural barrier to water flow.

In this case to the left.
Cypress domes (gray hills) are more than happy to point the way.