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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nine mile pond in the Everglades

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning... on a free guided canoe tour of nine mile pond in the lower Everglades...near Flamingo Marina! We got up at 5:30 a.m. to make it down to the shore in time for the 7:45 push off.
 Leaving the parking area it was a bit cool and misty, but it warmed up fast.

 We crossed a wide expanse of the "Borrow pit" and went through mangrove tunnels...
 around the marshy area and past hammocks of terrain a foot or so higher in elevation but containing a totally different array of life species.

Alligator along the shore
The water levels from all the rain was high and so there were no shore birds to see. The dwarf red mangrove with Epiphytes and Bromeliads were distinct and numerous and when we rowed over the sawgrass, the sound as the blades tapped against the metal canoe was music. I wish I had recorded it.

Michael was in heaven. Within hours he started getting a little feisty. Imagine my relief when I found the short cut!
periphyton in the water- good stuff!

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