Cypress Swamp Dome, thin as itis. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Outside the AhTahThiKi Museum on the Seminole Reservation in Florida is a mile-long boardwalk through a Cypress Swamp Dome. Prior to engineered draining of the Everglades in the 1930s this land was wet enough to canoe the wet prairie land, swamp. Seminoles canoed for hunting. This means of provision is no longer available, cattle farming is now the main product of the land. The floor is wet seven to ten months of the year, which is then the growing season for the Cypress trees. The Dome appears sparse allowing enough sunlight to sustain its lush fern ground cover.
Fern rich floor. Copyright 2018 Pamela Bretberg
Looking to the heavens. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Images copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
The white belly helps identify this as a Louisiana Heron, who contrary to its name is common to Florida. Adubon as given it the nickname of “Lady of the Waters”. This one was near the Great Egret pictured yesterday.
Delicate Louisiana Heron, but a very swift runner when after a fish. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Cropped image to show its white belly. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
All images were taken at Billy’s Swamp Safari site on the Seminole Reservation, Florida. I have no reservations about recommending that you visit this amazing place. Include in your visit the AhTahThiKi Museum also located in their Reservation; Clewiston, Florida.
View from the quaint restaurant in Billy’s Swamp Safari. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
From a distance these bovine were having lunch. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Never ending beauty. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Great Egret stands out among browned winter grasses. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg