A winter walk

A treasure to experience during any season, walking the Museum’s mile long boardwalk gives you a wonderful chance to see plant and wildlife distinctive to the Everglades environment. However, winter brings a certain tranquility that is unique compared to the warmer and rainier months.  The bald cypress trees have shed their needle-like leaves, opening up the top canopy to clear, bright blue skies.  Their tall trunks are in constant sway with the seasonal breeze, creaking back and forth.  Take a moment to stand still and stare up at the towering trees.  You’ll almost feel like you are floating or swaying too.

blue-skies

winter-green

Although the cypress are waiting to grow back their leaves, there is no lack of greenery.  At first glimpse  the dense vegetation all appears to be one color.  But look closely, moving to where you can see the sun peek through the leaves and you’ll soon see endless shades of green appear.

woods

sun-and-leaves

The boardwalk is full of life during the winter months.  Unlike northern states, South Florida’s pleasant temperatures bring migratory birds to the area, invite alligators to bask in the warm sun, and continue to foster the perfect environment for new plant life.

wild-coffee-berries

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airplant

squirrel

On your walk, make sure to take the time to look in all directions.  You never know who you will see or who might be watching you!

gator

boardwalk

sho-na-bish

Whatever the season, the boardwalk is sure to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the every day, opening your eyes to Florida’s true beauty.

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