See a forest through a tree

Yesterday we visited Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary which contains the world’s largest bald cypress forest.  Recently Corkscrew initiated a Landmark Tree program to draw attention to some of the giants of the forest.  Here is my picture of Landmark Tree #1, a large beauty over 500 years old, more than 80 feet tall and 16 feet around.  At its base is a large Strangler Fig.

Bald Cypress, Landmark Tree #1 @ Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary,

Bald Cypress, Landmark Tree #1 @ Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

The Swamp is really dry right now. I’ve been visiting it in January for several years and have never seen the water levels so low. In some places, there was no water. Wetlands are vital and the reduced levels in the swamp are startling. Crazy weather, drought, flooding, unseasonal temperatures. There is an old saying: Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. But if we are contributing to it with our misuse of our environments, when are we going to do something about it?

The Landmark Tree is a magnificent tree.  Wildlife that surrounds trees like this is wondrous too.  Magnificent trees, stands of woods, and forests are not just in the Everglades.   Look closely at a tree near you and see the forest that once was there, maybe is there still, or could be in the future.  What are you going to do about it?

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
–   John Muir 

2 responses to “See a forest through a tree

  1. I enjoyed this post. Why are the wetlands so low? Is this part of a natural cycle or something more serious I wonder?

    • I think there are many factors: drought, overdevelopment in nearby areas impacting the watershed, climate change. I’m not an expert so I don’t know all of the reasons, but just from my personal observations, this is much lower than is typical this time of year. I’ve seen it when it was low, but never this low!