A Few of Florida's Wild Things

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Snowy Egret
Most people have at least some experience photographing mountains, sunsets, sea shores and lakes. Swamps and marshlands are different . . .

Red Shouldered Hawk
This red shouldered hawk illustrates the difficulty in even spotting wildlife in the Everglades.

Sanibel Island Turtle
This female turtle was emerging from the nest where she had just finished laying her eggs and was headed back to the marsh. Her shell measured about 16 inches in length.

A Small but Active Alligator
Everywhere I went in South Florida there were alligators. Elsewhere in this country, you see deer and rabbits and wood chucks and prairie dogs as you
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Great Blue Heron
The great blue heron is standing in the surf on the public beach on the northern end of Sanibel Island. We had gone to gather sea shells at Bowman's Beach . . .

Roseate Spoonbill
We found this pretty Roseate Spoonbill in the J. N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. According to our guide, about a dozen of these birds . . .

Agave Americana
Anne F. Bellenger
, a retired Everglades biologist, identified these almost 6-foot tall plants we found on Hutchinson Island as Agave. Agave expert John Dicus further identifies it as Agave Americana, a designation confirmed by British Agave authority Jan Kolendo.

Millions of Acres of Sawgrass
The one wild thing of which there is probably the most in Florida is sawgrass -- millions of acres of if.
This is a view of the Everglades looking northeast from the Pahayokee Overlook, which about half way between Homestead and Seminole. Ordinarily this sawgrass . . .

Anhinga on Mangrove Roots
The Anhinga was a common sight in the mangrove swamps of southern Florida. Typically those we saw were posed much as this one with its back to the sun and wings outspread as though to soak up the heat. Since it was February at the time, this may have been the situation.