Friday, November 11, 2011

Corkscrew Swamp: an Audubon Society Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 14,000 acre wildlife sanctuary located near Naples, Florida.  Founded in 1954, it contains the largest remaining Bald Cypress forest in North America.

A 2.25-mile boardwalk snakes it's way throught five habitats and is open to the public 365 days a year except during severe weather.

The short boardwalk is wheelchair accessable

Cypress Swamps are captivating, with some of the trees in Corkscrew being hundreds of years old.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus).

These photos were taken in October, which is the end of the wet season in Florida's swamps.

Hoary Edge Skipper (Achalarus lyciades).

Bald Cypress Trees (Taxidodium distichum).

Carolina Poppy (Argemone albiflora).

Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus wakinsiana).

Banana Spider  (Nephila clavipes).

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).

Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonia).  Florida's State Butterfly.

"Swampin'" is one of my favorite activities here in Florida.

1 comment:

  1. All beautiful, the Hoary Edge Skipper is stunning my favorite, you are talented. It was a fun woodland swamp visit.