Everglades elegance comes in all sizes
They are tiny, so tiny they appear almost swallowed up by the 1.5 million acres of slough, marsh and forest that make up the complex environment of the Everglades. At the foundation of the Everglades are the smallest ecosystems, building blocks of this River of Grass and essential for the health of the Everglades.
This slide show captures a blue heron wading in warm water along the Anhinga Trail and other wonders of the wilderness – the animals and plant life: Fresh drops of rain are caught by the leaves of a frond in Long Pine Key. The light captures the soft petals of wild flowers in Big Pine Key. A frog, one of 13 types in the Everglades, clings to a wooden post at a visitor’s station after an early morning rain. Clusters of green lichens, organisms useful in assessing much of their environment, are on a tree. A spider web that has made it through a rainstorm sways in the breeze along the Anhinga Trail. Just south of that, dark clouds gather behind a clump of pine trees, which require much sunlight and are dependent on fires to destroy the hardwoods that often block them. New growth begins in an area that underwent a controlled burn.