Everglades, Part 2: Swamp Safari!

Little Bird, Big Swamp

Little Bird, Big Swamp

Everglades National Park, established in 1947, was the first park created not for its scenic beauty, but to protect a unique and fragile ecosystem:

“Here are no lofty peaks seeking the sky, no mighty glaciers or rushing streams wearing away the uplifted land. Here is land, tranquil in its quiet beauty, serving not as the source of water, but as the last receiver of it. To its natural abundance we owe the spectacular plant and animal life that distinguishes this place from all others in our country.” President Harry S. Truman at the dedication of Everglades National Park, December 6, 1947.

Yes, this is a swamp, but it is a beautiful swamp, swarming with life. In our few short forays into the wilderness, we crossed paths with countless creatures: alligators and egrets, snakebirds and storks, fish and flies. I suffered from a rare case of lens-envy; many of the other visitors were wielding lenses as long as my arm! Still, I got a few good shots:

Gators & Egret

Gators & Egret

Gator Back

Gator Back


Gator Face

Gator Smile

Gator Smile


Gator Sky

Gator Gathering

Gator Gathering

Anhinga Gauge

Anhinga Gauge

Anhinga Preen

Anhinga Preen

Awkward Heron

Heron Scratch

Heron Preen

Heron Preen

Heron Sheen

Heron Sheen

The Everglades

The Everglades!

On to the Keys! Click here for Everglades, Part 1: Nearly Stranded in the Picayune Strand.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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10 Responses to Everglades, Part 2: Swamp Safari!

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  2. beeseeker says:

    Super photos, but those two close ups of the alligators – great idea!

  3. Gunta says:

    Seems your shots of the anhinga and heron prove you didn’t need one of them super long lenses after all! 😀

  4. These are amazing photos Mary. I can’t believe how many alligators you saw.

  5. MoonLight03 says:

    No need for lens-envy – your photos are terrific and those big lenses are just heavy to pack around. Carol

  6. No need for lens-envy – your photos are terrific and those huge lenses are heavy to pack around. Carol

  7. Phil Lanoue says:

    Fantastic bird and alligator photos! Can’t believe that huge group! So cool!

  8. Fernweh says:

    I love your pictures. I’ve always wanted to go…so pretty.

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  10. Amazing photographs! I was just there recently!Great work! 🙂

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