Posted on February 27, 2014
Looking back on our recent trip to the Cape Coral/Fort Meyers area of Florida I thought I’d share some pics from a paddle we did looking for birds and other wildlife. See http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6219412 for the route. This paddle included part of The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Again we were very fortunate to hook up with our friends that are living on their boat and were in the area.
It’s not long before we start seeing things:
The water was amazingly clear but shallow and many fish were seen. Taking picture out of a canoe has it’s own set of challenges:
The paddling trail is clearly marked:
But if you get off the trail:
Great friends and great adventures:
Posted on February 21, 2014
While camped at the Koreshan State Historic Site in Florida last week we decided to check out Corkscrew Swamp about a 30 mile drive from the campground. It’s one of the premier natural areas in Florida.
The busy roads and the extent of the commercial and residential development in the southwest corner of Florida take a while to get used to. It feels a little like a sprawling outdoor warehouse for those of us trying to escape the cold northern winters. In many places there appears to have been little regard for any natural aesthetic. However, in it’s defense, the area is no different than any other location in the US facing rapid population growth.
So when we arrived at the huge area set aside and know as Corkscrew Swamp we were pleasantly surprised by the natural beauty. Access to the area is limited to a roughly two mile long boardwalk but there’s still lots to see. Unique to the swamp are the 500 year old Bald Cypress Trees. The largest virgin stand in the world. However, what was really attracting us were the birds. We didn’t see the Painted Bunting we hoped to that day but did see a Purple Gallinule, a rather strange looking bird with big feet related to the American Coot.
Below is some of what we saw the day we were there:
Posted on February 17, 2014
Originally this blog it was to be only about nature in central Ohio. Going forward it will continue to focus primarily on Ohio but In an effort to share same of our other adventures it will from time to time will include posts covering travels elsewhere.
It’s been a cold, snowy, winter in central Ohio so we decided to head to Florida for a little break. Since our interests often combine paddling, photography, and nature we decided to head for Koreshan State Historic Site near Fort Myers. The park, which is located on the Estero River, offers camping, and would be our base camp for seven days as we explored the area on foot and by canoe. The park partially preserves buildings that comprised a small town established by a religious sect in the late 1800’s. The Koreshan sect was founded by Cyrus Teed, a charismatic religious leader with some unusual views.
The park turned out to be quiet and quite good for wildlife viewing.
While there was some power boat traffic on the river as you headed out towards the bay, it was still nice for paddling.
You can find a rich experience close to home.
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