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Florida waterscapes in 2003

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Fakahatchee strand!
The next day was dedicated to Fakahatchee strand. (A strand is a long swamp oriented along the direction of water flow.) Fakahatchee strand is only a several kilometers wide and about thirty kilometers long, but is embedded in a much larger parcel of the Big Cypress National Preserve. The heart of the strand is a beautiful mosaic of dense, old growth cypress trees.

Everything about Fakahatchee strand feels alive. Invertebrates abound. The waters are dense with fish, amphibians, and reptiles. The ancient, hoary cypress trees emerging from the waters grow tall overhead. Their branches are encrusted with algae, moss, ferns, bromeliads, and orchids. Snakes slide from tree to tree. Barred owls hoot, ibis forage in the shallows. Alligators and turtles rest on muddy banks. It is incredible.

The photography in Fakahatchee is great--it is difficult to take a bad landscape photograph here. Everything is interesting. Even so, my photographic muddlings do not do the place justice. Look at the work by Clyde Butcher. You can characterize him as a Florida version of Ansel Adams or Edward Weston, taking photographs with large format equipment in the spirit of the "Group F64". His web site is

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