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Pa-hay-okee Overlook
Everglades National Park, Florida

The middle stretch of the park road passes through sawgrass flats with scattered dome-shaped islands of forest. There is a boardwalk trail at Pa-hay-okee that affords close up views of a bald cypress swamp, and far-reaching views over the river of grass. Another boardwalk loop circles Mahogany Key, a dense tropical hardwood forest with mahogany, oaks, and many palms.Wikipedia: Everglades National Park on Wikipedia.

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Rock Reef Pass, a major drainage divide

Rock Reef Pass, a major drainage divide

Though its elevation seems negligible, in the extremely flat topography of the Everglades this low ridge serves to divide two major watercourses.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 18, 2015
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Sawgrass marsh near Pah-hay-okee

Sawgrass marsh near Pah-hay-okee

The Pah-hay-okee nature trail area is surounded by sawgrass marsh. Seen here in the winter dry season, in the summer wet season it will be flooded several inches deep.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 17, 2015
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Pa-hay-okee nature trail

Pa-hay-okee nature trail

The Pa-hay-okee nature trail leads through a hammock to the edge of the sawgrass flats.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Pa-hay-okee lookout tower

Pa-hay-okee lookout tower

The Pa-hay-okee lookout affords a view over miles of sawgrass flats - the famous "River of Grass". This is the quintessential Everglades landscape, shallow water moving slowly south to the Gulf through grasslands dotted with forested islands.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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Pond cypress at the edge of the sawgrass marsh

Pond cypress at the edge of the sawgrass marsh

Pond cypresses fringe the sawgrass flats, requiring just a bit more water depth than the river of grass. In the dry season the soil here was wet, but in the summer rainy season it will be flooded about four inches deep.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 16, 2015
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