In August of this year (2018), my wife and I uprooted from Long Island, New York and moved to Naples, FL. One of the many attractions of this area is that it is a short ride into another world – the Everglades. The Everglades are America’s only sub-tropical region and is home to countless species of wildlife. I have just started exploring my new “backyard” but, man, am I enjoying it so far! If you look closely, you can see me and my airboat companions in the alligator’s eye. The ultimate selfie? I think so!

Curious ‘Gator on the Trail. June, 2020, Bird Rookery Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery might better be called the ‘gator rookery, as alligators are everywhere. During the high water times, they are often right on the trail and you have to keep a close eye out. Thankfully, they are generally disinterested in humans…but you’d hate to come across one who was looking for a snack! Amazing creatures, to be sure.

Racoon checks me out, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

A Banded Water Snake blends with its surroundings, perfectly. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Florida Softshell Turtle in the “lettuce”, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Florida Softshell Turtle, CREW preserve.

Florida Softshell Turtle heading home after a long day. CREW preserve.

Barred Owl, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

River Otter surfaces for a picture! Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Laid back. Turner River Rd.

Sleepy Time down South. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Black-necked Stilt (above, 10,000 Islands) and Red-Shouldered Hawk (below, Bird Rookery Swamp).