Everglades National Park
Mangrove trees are able to thrive in the shallow waters of
the Everglades. They support themselves on thick root
systems growing above the water line. My canoe ride
included a crash into these Mangrove roots. We escaped.
The Ten Thousand Islands area of the Everglades is a
vast array of Mangrove Trees that I visited by boat.
The Great Blue Heron is one of many birds at home in the
Everglades. It still looks gray to me rather than blue. This
heron was the distraction that almost caused me to step on a
gator in the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park.
Shark Valley is full of alligators, who really lack
any ability to hide on land.
No serious effort above to hide in the water either.
Climbing the observation tower at Shark Valley produced
this elevated picture of several alligators sunning themselves.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to Florida
by clicking on: Manatees "R" Us