The Beginning of the Creek
This is the start of a creek that runs through the mangroves. Once you get inside and the breeze stops the mosquitos begin.
A Ceiling of Green
This is what we saw on entering the creek. It wasn't long at all before we had to duck from branches hanging down.
Watch Your Head
This will give you an idea of how low some of the branches are and that there is not a lot of room in the mangrove tunnel.
The Heart of the Tunnel
This was a short section of the tunnel that was high enough for me to stand up and get a clear shot.
In Our Wake
The view to the back of the boat was interesting too.
Don't Forget to Look Up
This is a Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider, sometimes called a Banana spider. If you measure from toe to toe they reach 5 inches in length. They weave large webs in tree tops and there were webs all along the creek.
Calm Between Rains
I popped over to the Everglades this morning to take a Mangrove Tunnel boat tour at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center. It rained off and on during the trip. This was a moment between raining clouds. I brightened the shadows and added a touch of vibrance, otherwise this is what my camera saw.
If you look at this area on a map you can see there are clumps of islands with water ways weaving through them. I don't know how you could navigate them without a gps or map.
On Towards Forever
The waterways seem to wind their way leading you off to a far distance.
There were, of course, alligators. We saw about a half dozen and all of them were 5 or 6 feet long, so a good size.
I love these small lizards. They provide me with hours of amusement.
I have almost as many dragonfly images as I do anole images now. They are both marvelous subjects.
At least I think it is. There are so many types of dragonflies and damsel flies.
A Turn Waiting its Turn
There are always birds hanging out on the channel markers.
I like the bare branches of the tree in this shot.
Juvenile White Ibis
They hatch with dark feathers and they lighten as they get older.