The Everglades is a unique ecosystem at the southern end of the Florida mainland peninsula and was the first national park created to protect a threatened ecological system. It is also the third largest national park in the continental United States. The Everglades is all about water. This gradually sloping landscape was historically a freshwater river, just a few feet deep and fifty miles wide, that flowed slowly towards Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who was instrumental in saving this national treasure, dubbed the Everglades the “River of Grass.”
|River of Grass|
The Everglades is a landscape that not everyone appreciates. South Florida pioneers and developers wanted to drain the land. Today, many people simply view it as a swamp. But if you look closely and listen, you can find treasures that you may see nowhere else.
Although the wildlife is completely different than what people typically associate with a national park, we found it just as fascinating. Alligators are the main draw, but the countless species of birds are also stunning to watch. Tim and I couldn’t seem to take our eyes off the herons, ibis and anhingas, not to mention the dozens of alligators that were sunning themselves in the gator holes.
|Alligators Are What Most People Come to See|
|How Many Gators Can You Count?|
|Just Floating Along|
|Name that Bird!|
|Florida Bay at Flamingo|
|Almost Ready to Bloom|
|Tim Finally Made it to the Everglades|
|An Everglades Sunset|