Saturday, April 2, 2011

Everglades Nat. Park / Pine Glades Lake

                                Swallow-tailed Kite  Elanoides forficatus 

 South Fl Nature and Wildlife Photography Meetup group outing on March 26, 2011.  Here are 2 of a couple photos out of the hundreds taken Sat an Sun.  Weather was gorgeous!  Probably the last of the tent camping season here in S.FL. unless we get an unseasonably cool April.   High temps in the low 80's and night time temps in the low 60's.  Perfect!  The campground at Long Pine Key was very clean and quiet.

Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and covers over 1.5 million acres. It is defined by water though now we are in the midst of a record drought making much of the park very dry.  Rainfall totals for this dry season are as low as ever recorded in some 80 years.  Much of the interior of the park is so dry you can walk through the sawgrasss marsh with out even getting muddy.  It is usually  covered by 1-3 ft of water.

Pine Glades Lake is a man-made borrow pit dug before the park was established.  It is about 10-15 acres with a limestone base rock.  The water and base rock are nutrient poor limiting plant and algae growth.  Therefore visibility is over 6'.  Good use of the polarizing filter allows for photos that pierce right into the shallows.

                    Taken about 30 min after sunset. Natural and LED illumination.