March 15, 2015

Big Cypress National Preserve


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Alligators at the Oasis Visitor Center at Big Cypress

Viewing alligators from the boardwalk at the Big Cypress National Preserve visitor center. People are amazed to see the 'gators so close by, and shoot lots of pictures. This ditch, the Tamiami Canal, is the borrow area used in building the Tamiami Trail in the 1920's.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

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Photographer Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery

Clyde Butcher, the Florida photographer famous for his large format black and white photographs of south Florida landscapes, has long maintained the Big Cypress Gallery, actually located in the swamp.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

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In the swampy forest behind the Big Cypress Gallery

Behind the Big Cypress Gallery there is a short loop trail through a swampy forest.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

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Everglades National Park visitor center

Inside the Ernest F. Coe Everglades National Park visitor center near Homestead. The exhibits provide an excellent introduction to the ecology and environmental problems of the Everglades.

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Alligator at the Everglades visitor center

This borrow pond was the source of fill to make a dry platform for the Everglades visitor center. It has became vegetated and populated with native wildlife, including a large alligator.

Everglades National Park, Florida

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Live oaks on the Gumbo Limbo nature trail

A few big live oaks remain at Royal Palm along the Gumbo Limbo nature trail. When this area was protected as Royal Palm State Park there were many huge old oaks and towering royal palms. Unfortunately by the time it was transferred to the new national park fire had destroyed the ancient forest.

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Gumbo limbo tree

The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) has thin peeling reddish-orange bark. It grows near the coast from Florida south to Brazil.

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