My husband and I went on a walk in the beautiful Arthur R. Marshall refuge this week. These photos show the view of the Cypress trees as we entered the swamp along a wooden walkway.Once inside the swamp you find yourself wrapped inside a dense forest of tropical growth. It was a true to delight to the soul to find myself walking among all this beauty, beauty that I imagine I would have never seen had it not been for this refuge and the wooden walkway through the forest. The threat, imagined or not, of alligators and snakes would have kept me far from any swamp.
This fern is the largest to grow in North America, each frond can reach a height of 16 feet. Really magnificent to see.
Throughout the swamp the trees seemed to be decorated with different varieties of bromeliad, lichen and moss.
I look forward to going back soon and observing even more gifts from nature in this beautiful park.