Feb 4, 2009

Big Cypress sky







Here's more Groundhog Day images of Big Cypress National Preserve, from about 500 ft high. The clouds were a surprise, not to mention the half inch of rain that came with it (and even more south of Tamiami Trail). Usually it's blue skies on February 2nd in south Florida, but not this year. Now the cold air from the other side of those clouds is gushing down the peninsula: it's forecast to drop into the low thirties tonight. In the morning I'll be driving Alligator Alley (below) to Ft Lauderdale, about a 2 hour drive from Naples.



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37 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Bob---I hope the cold air stays away from the Sunshine State. I love your citrus---so don't want anything to happen to that!!! PLUS---you all have gorgeous flowers all year long--so I hope there's no damage.

We had a low of 9 degrees here last night --and have had snow flurries off and on for two days. I'm ready for spring now!!!!!

Be careful driving to Lauderdale!
Betsy

George said...

I was glad to red that you got some rain, but I imagine you could do without the cold weather!

SophieMae said...

Ah, how I'd love to be seeing low thirties as the low! I am SO over winter now.

Awesome pics! Always nice to see a FL view that doesn't include condos or something-world.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Thanks for your comments. I'm curious for the final temperatures to come in on this last bout of cold. It didn't freeze like the one last week -- at least here in Naples, but the daytime high seemed colder.

Deborah Godin said...

Really nice the way you presented the panels - and such brooding skies!

Dewdrop said...

Yes, that was quite an impact from that front that came through... still feeling it... brrr... cold enough for you?

angela said...

I thought it never got cold in Florida so I've learned something tonight. Those are great brooding sky photos.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm sorry to hear its so cold in Florida. What a bummer!

Steffi said...

I hope your weather will be soon warmer!Nice pics!Happy SWF!

Kallen305 said...

I love all of your sky photos. The second one is so cool with the trees.

Michele said...

I like how you put out your photos in this format! It's very nice and looks quite sharp.
A very nice skywatch!

Mountain Retreat

Carver said...

Wonderful sky shots from the preserve.

swampbuggy said...

Unfortunatly, no picture can show the beauty of the night sky in the Big Cypress..a 3D view of the stars.

Janie said...

At least the rain is good news, right? Hope not too many pipes freeze down there in the southland.

Wren said...

Great opportunity for skywatching!

If a cypress tree sees its shadow, do we get six more weeks of summer?

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Thanks for your comments. It's so true about the night sky: it's an incomparable pitch against the pin pricks of light, I've heard it said that there is no better place to see the stars east of the Mississippi than in the Big Cypress. Towards the eastern edge of the Everglades the Miami lights creep in and spoil the show.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Wren -- we are weeks away from the cypress sprouting there needles ... and in some cases that's already happening.

And about draining the pipes, I almost gave second thought to draining the garden hose. That was a winter ritual up north when I worked as a mason tender.

Grammy said...

What an awesome photos. The cloud looks like they have taken over. Have a great week.
Grammy Lake of the Ozarks,
Missouri. USA

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Brrr! Isn't this the second cold spell blasting into FL? Poor oranges and citrus :(

We've had temps in the 70's all week. But snowstorms are returning this weekend.
A storm is brewing over the Pacific Ocean.....

Hmm...I'm imagining just how many gators call that water body their home. Would not want to crash my car and fall in there. Yikes!

Great Sky Watch pics, too!

~Lisa
New Mexico

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Wow, great shots....love that last one! We're hoping that Groundhog was wrong (read your last post) we have snow here...six more weeks of this? No thanks! Though it does make for good sky and scenery shots :o)
Thanks for your visit and kind comment, from Bonny (but cold) Scotland!

Eva said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was actually looking at your post today and thinking that I really need to get over to the Big Cypress area (I live in Palm Beach County). What's your suggestion for best camping spots over there?

Carolyn said...

Thanks for dropping by. There was an unintentional uncomplimentary photo on this post of the end result of that lovely walk but I was graciously asked to remove it.
She was "chasing" razor clams up to her shoulders....the photo was not of her best assets!
Your photos are great, so lucky to be in the sky.
I have relatives visiting your fine state and they were mentioning the cold weather!
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
Smiles

Sue said...

Thanks for your comments on my city SkyWatch post. Nature is surely an awesome backdrop for the sky, still. Your pics are great!

SandyCarlson said...

Gorgeous. My folks would talk about Alligator Alley when I was a kid. My mind would conjure B&W images with Bogie in them somehow. And I would think how wild Florida could be.

Lawstude said...

that sky is truly impressive and you have captured it nicely.

let me share my white water rafting adventure to you here

Teri C said...

Those are so not Florida! Great photos though.

lili11 said...

The way you arranged the pictures is something different. I like that. Your photos are gorgeous.

Firefly said...

Very interesting view from up there. I was just expecting it to be a lot greener.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Near posting for sure... and I've certainly mark your blog down for a revist. Your job sound very interesting and must lead you to some great sights.

I have Water on both my blogs: Wiggers World and Tom's Sky Watch Pictures

Thanks for your visit.
Tom

Tink *~*~* said...

I'm in Lehigh Acres - it's been freezing temps here the last few nights. This is NOT why I moved to Florida! LOL

Thanks for sharing all this neat information about Florida's water issues.

Tink *~*~*
Six Mile Cypress Sky at My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Thanks for your comments.

It hasn't dropped below freezing here in Naples, but the past two days feel like the coldest of the year.

A common sight around town have been the "covered" flower gardens for protecting them from the cold, but they'll probably be lifted off today as the temperatures rise.

As for the aerials being less green than expected, that should change once the cypress start to leaf out ... which they are slowly starting to do in places.

And as for camping out, there are a couple good places along the Tamiami Trail, and down on the east side of Loop Road, which can serve as good base stations for day hikes.

Hiking these days is getting drier and drier as the water levels drop. The deep cypress and marshes are still holding water though.

fishing guy said...

Rob: Those were some neat sky photos for SWF, thanks for sharing.

Titania said...

Robert, what a great and interesting area; big Cypress National Preserve. Through your blog I get to know some of the remarkable places in Florida.
Robert, I live about 1 1/2 hours from the most eastern point Cape Byron in Australia, but I do not get always the sunrises as there are a "few" hills in between.

Indrani said...

I have heard Florida is a beautiful country! You have shared some wonderful collages! Your job must be interesting as it allows you to enjoy nature as well!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I like the split shots. Your skies look just a tad bit calmer than ours today. I'm loving this rain. And sorry, I don't know anything about the relation to La Nina.

cedrorum said...

Great aerial shots. Must have been fun.

Celeste said...

I am very envious of your helicopter trips - such a great way to view the countryside. Stay warm - we actually got up to 55 degrees in Chicago yesterday.