"River of Grass"
Everglades NP (FL)
Last week I had the privilege of visiting Everglades national park down in sunny Florida. The area was known as "Pa-hay-okee," or "River of Grass" to the Seminole Native American tribe. The water in the Everglades isn't just sitting there - it's moving a quarter of a mile per day from Lake Okeechobee (the big one you see on the maps) to the ocean. A 60 mile wide, 100 mile long river.
The national park is known for being the first national park made not for its scenic beauty, but for its amazing ecosystem and wildlife. I've never seen so many animals in one place! Obviously it's an amazing place for wildlife photographers, but presents certain challenges for those wanting to take landscape photos. There aren't really any "landmarks" to photograph - just 2.3 million square miles of tropical wilderness. I think this photo does a good job of showing what a large chunk of it looks like - thigh deep water with sawgrass as far as you can see dotted with trees. Don't get me wrong, it is an incredibly beautiful and amazing place. It was kind of like being in awe at the stars in the sky, like "whoa, this place is way bigger than I can comprehend, and its owned by SO MANY animal residents." I have so much to say about this place, but perhaps I'll save that for subsequent photos! Watching the sun rise and set each day was so calm, scerene and soul-recharging.