Florida Everglades is sited near the city of Miami and the uppermost island of the island Key Largo. This National Park in Homestead is where I have often gone to be surrounded by nature in this situate.
With its vast wilderness of swamplands, pine lands, and lakes, the Florida everglades have proven to be a place of escape for me away from the chaotic scenes that are the expanding neighborhoods and commercial developments that lie outside the park and beyond the farmsteads that abounds in Homestead.
Two smaller green areas near the Everglades are Black Point Park & Marina and Biscayne National Park. Black Point is primarily a strip of land, which extends out into the ocean. Since trees lined both sides of this path, an atmosphere of seclusion is palpable here. Bike routes, walking trails, and a pier catering to small scale fishing are available at this site. Biscayne National Park seems to open up to the vastly dense Blue Ocean and big skies, with Miami’s skyline in the distant background. Biscayne’s park is referred to as “A Watery Wonderland”. It is noted for its large coral reef swathes and long expanses of mangrove forests.
The park is home to an array of wildlife species, including the American crocodile, alligator, snakes (see snakes of Florida), birds (such as ibis, roseate, heron, osprey, wood stork, and purple purple gallinule), fish (including the mangrove snapper, large-mouth bass, and Florida gar), manatee, loggerhead turtle, blue crab, white-tailed deer, and the Florida panther.
Ten Things I Love About the Florida Everglades National Park in Homestead:
01 Its Location
You can get out of the bustling city and be in the serenity of the Florida Everglades in less than 2 hours. Due to its strategic position, persons heading to the Florida Keys from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or elsewhere can take a small detour to visit the park. And ecotourists can stay at an environmentally-friendly lodge on an island in the Upper Keys, such as the accommodation on Melody Key, and visit the park frequently.
02 The fact that it is a protected ecosystem
Preserving this ecosystem wasn’t always the case, however. Today, less than 50% of its original structure remains. Much of the Everglades losses are due to man-made and natural disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, pollution, and building developments. This biosphere houses thousands of species, of which 68 of them are either listed as threatened or endangered, including the snail kite, Florida panther, and manatee. The area is a protected ecosystem. Thanks to the efforts of environmentalists, including Joe Browder and Marjory Stoneman Douglas who were among the first people in modern times to have rallied to keep commercial developments within this swampland at bay.
03 Its sheer size
The Florida Everglades extends over 18,000 square miles, spanning from the south of Orlando to the Florida Keys.
04 Every walking path and trail is different
Some trails have boardwalks for strolling over bodies of water and grasslands, others have lakes and ocean views, and others are notable for containing defined species.
Staying in the Florida Everglades bring travelers up and close with nature and increases their changes to spot wildlife, including some elusive animals such as the Florida panther. Both frontcountry and backcountry camping sites are available.
06 Nature photography
The Florida Everglades provides copious opportunities for nature photographers to shoot, with their cameras, all-year-round the landscape and wildlife species. One of my favorite collective body of photography work of the Florida Everglades is depicted in the book “THE EVERGLADES, Where Wonders Only Whisper”, by Bill Lea. The photographs seem to bring the flora and fauna to life through the crisp and close-up images.
The magical twilight of both sunset and sunrise is undeniably spectacular at every place in the world, and this fact is no exception in the Florida Everglades. To watch the sunrise over the lakes, I go to the Long Pine Key and Anhinga trails, respectively. Flamingo trail is ideally where to see the sun goes down over the ocean.
08 Alligator and crocodile
The Florida Everglades is the only known place on earth that has both alligator and crocodile living and striving together in the same habitat.
Article by: Tiffany Huggins