My daughter is in the 4th grade. In social studies, the 4th grade curriculum in most places in the US, centers around learning about your home state, which in our case is Florida. So, after she learned about the land in our area and the native people of our state, I decided to take her down to the southern tip of FL to visit the Everglades and the Miccosukee Indian Village. We had a great time.
We saw alot of birds, alligators, turtles, and open marsh lands. The Everglades is LOADED with alligators (50,000, with 2 million total in the state). I literally could have tripped over a line up of gators as I took some photos had it not been for my daughter's warning. Seriously, you could walk up and grab one, although you'd have to be insane. We took a 2 hour tram through the Everglades National Park. Here are some impressive shots of just a few of the sites we had the opportunity to experience.
Check out the baby turtle sharing a tree branch with this bird.
An eerie picture of some gators taken from a tower. Right out of view is a very small building for restrooms. Just on the other side of the restrooms, totally accessible to the gators in this photo is a busload of elementary students having lunch on the grass.
Now here is a photo of a python swimming through the Everglades a mere 2 feet from our tram. I'm actually not afraid of snakes, or gators for that matter. However, I do have a respect for ALL wildlife and their incredible powers. My husband IS afraid of snakes and would have been quite upset to have seen this site in person had he been with us.
This is one of several invasive species set loose in the Everglades by people who no longer want them as pets. The problem is they are destroying the ecosystem. Our guide said they have not seem a native marsh rabbit in 10 years or native river otters in 4 years because of the pythons. How sad is that? He also told us of the battles between gators and pythons as apex predators. I do not have photos of that though.
The rest of the photos were taken at the Miccosukee Indian Village and Museum, whose reservation is located in the Everglades National Park. They had some beautiful artifacts and structures rich with amazing history that they share with anyone interested. I was disappointed to see that the museum had very few visitors.
And that's about it. Tomorrow I will have some soap photos. Woohoo!!