There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them. Marjory Stoneman Douglas
With all that's been in the news recently about the horrid state of the environment here in South Florida, massive algae blooms closing beaches, sea-life dying and the potential destruction of an irreplaceable ecosystem that exists nowhere else in the world it can get a bit overwhelming.
We took some time a few weeks ago to try to appreciate some of the nature that is being well preserved right in our backyard. The Wakodahatchee Wetlands is a nature preserve about 10 minutes from us in Delray Beach. We went early on a weekend morning thinking we would beat the heat and have the place to ourselves. Little did we know that it is renowned by birders far and wide. Arriving at 7am we were among the last to get a spot in the parking lot!
Walking the mile loop of the boardwalk along the water we saw tons of birds, a gator or two and enough retirees with fancy camera equipment to give me quite a bit of gear envy! We got some good photos and I want to try to go back throughout the seasons to see how it changes throughout the year and practice a bit more nature photography. It was a nice little field trip and a great reminder that sometimes you don't have to travel far to find new places.
The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas