Big Cypress National Preserve Continued

The Air BnB I stayed at near Big Cypress National Preserve had canoes and kayaks for the use of guests. I used a canoe rather than a kayak because I needed the additional space afforded by the canoe for my camera gear. The first canoe paddle rendered some of the images in the previous post, the following pictures are from the Turner River Canoe Trail.

Foggy morning on the Turner Canoe Trail, north of the Turner River Canoe Trail launch area.

Magnificent Bald Cypress(Taxodium distichum) on the Turner Canoe Trail, a part of the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Anhinga perched in a tree on the Turner River Canoe Trail.

Gator eyeballing me as I drift by in my canoe.

Green Heron(Butorides virescens), in its hunting “zone”. It lies motionless, not a muscle or feather moving, even as I silently drift by within 4 meters.

A different Green Heron stalking fish on the Turner River.

Two Bald Eagles in courtship display high above the Turner River.

Curly-tailed Lizard(fLeiocephalus schreibersii). Introduced from the Dominican republic, this species is common in southern Florida.

My second paddle was on the 14.4 kilometer(9miles) long Halfway Creek/Loop Canoe Trail, which starts in the Big Cypress National Preserve and extends into the Everglades National Park. Though the Everglades are technically closed, entering the park from the water is legal. One cannot launch from a land access in the park. This was an adventure: at times the trail passed through very narrow tunnels of Mangroves, 2-5 meters wide.

Canal in the misty morning.

Two canoe fisherman on the canal that approachs the River Loop. It was early, they had no luck so far.

Great Blue Heron(Ardea herodias) adorning a dying Bald Cypress.

Mangroves, Bald Cypress, Palms on one of many broad expanses of brackish was on the River Loop.

Socially distancing clouds: they don’t want to catch anything.

Aerial roots from the mangroves help prop up branches, draw water from the river to support individual branches and the whole plant.

Waiting American Alligator(Alligator mississippiensis). Patiently awaiting a careless fish to get a little too close.

Published by sabaiedmsncom

I am a former park ranger, and coastal dune preserve manager, now retired and photographing the places that suit my wanderlust. I usually have a general idea of where I want to travel to, but once on the road I just follow my nose: it seldom steers me wrong.

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