Monday, October 19, 2009

Cypress Dome- Exploration (October 18)

Looking out across the expanse of the everglades, one may see small stands of trees. These occur in regions of depression within the marsh which results in a longer hydroperiod than sorrounding marsh areas. The principle constituent of these are Cypress trees, of which two species can be found in the everglades. The bald cypress and the pond cypress. These cypress may be hundreds of years old. The term, “cypress dome” or cypress head refers to the phenomenon that the larger cypress grow in the middle of the dome, and then get progressively smaller as one goes out from the center. The conditions for growth (long hydroperiod) are much better in the center as opposed to the edges.(read more)

Big Cypress Dome-Exploration (more photos)

Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Big Cypress National Preserve, Fl

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fisheating Creek - canoeing II

Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area stretches for 40 miles along the course of the only free-flowing tributary to Lake Okeechobee. Framed by bald cypress swamps and hardwood hammocks, Fisheating Creek has long been valued for its scenic quality unmarred by houses and other human intrusions. Strategically located in relation to Big Cypress Swamp, Okaloacoochee Slough, Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area, Lake Okeechobee, and the Lake Wales Ridge, Fisheating Creek is critical to the long-term welfare of Florida panthers, Florida black bears, swallow-tailed kites, whooping and sandhill cranes, crested caracara, and a number of other species native to the area. (read more) (Safari I)

Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, Glades County, Fl

Friday, October 9, 2009