CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY | NAPLES, FL
On a recent trip to Naples, Florida I ventured an hour north to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a 13,000 acre preserve, home to the largest remaining stand of old growth bald cypress in North America. The 2.25 mile boardwalk winds through pine flatwoods, wet prairies, marshes and is home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, reptiles and over 200 species of birds. While meandering through the sanctuary I photographed the unique beauty offered at every turn encountering the various wildlife and plants of the boardwalk trail. During the 1940's and 50's, cypress forests in Florida were being leveled for their timber, thanks to the National Audubon Organization, the sanctuary conservation has been a great success. What was once isolated and almost impossible to access is now protected and preserved for generations to come and enjoy. If ever in the area, the Corkscrew Swamp is a great pit stop and I highly recommend supporting the cause.