Dec 282009
 

We took the kids to the Everglades for a mini Christmas vacation and were rewarded for braving the mosquitos, by seeing some amazing wildlife. It always surprises me to have such a pristine wilderness two hours outside one of the 10 most densely populated counties in the United States.

A south Florida Osprey flies clutching a Jackfish in Flamingo National Park

A south Florida Osprey flies clutching a Jackfish in Flamingo National Park

Special thanks to Steve from Feather Light photography for shooting this bird of prey and making us aware of this beautiful Osprey.

Everglades National Park is the third largest National Park in the lower 48 states, behind Yellowstone and Death Valley and is home to a large variety of kinds of animals and plant life. We took out a little fishing skif onto the canal to see a variety of birds and crocodiles. We found this little one sleeping on a log taking in the rays of the sun. Once we had returned the boat a much larger one (about 15′ long) came swimming through the waterway.

A small crocodile hiding on a branch and soaking up the sun in Everglades National Park's Wilderness Waterway

Baby crocodile sunning itself on a branch.

Even in the 48 hours that we were in the park we had opportunity to see some beautiful animals, like this white tale that was running through the swamp at dwarf cypress as we were leaving the park on Sunday.

A Whitetail deer running through the swamp at Dwarf Cypress forrest in Flamingo National Park.

A Whitetail deer running through the swamp at Dwarf Cypress Forest.

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