Everglades National Park, Shark Valley hike

As I hiked back along the loop trail at Shark Valley, I put my hat low to keep the sun out of my eyes. Here the land is as it would have looked a century ago. But I began to think about how it might have been different. I think about the small changes in the stream that ebbs–moving slower than a quarter of a mile per hour south–through and under the tall grass and sapling cypress and the rocky soil.

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A hike at Yamato Scrub

The overcast sky rises above this oak and pine bordering the perimeter firebreak at Yamato Scrub Natural Area. The moss is nearly the same color as the sky.

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A hike at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

It felt good to be back on the Tupelo Trail at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. We got a bit of a late start in the morning, and with each step we took along the dirt two-rutted trail, the sun burned more intense. But there was a good breeze coming across the lowcountry that mixed with the sunlight.

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A Rainy Hike

It’s been raining solid here since Friday night, so I did what any good cooped-up hiker would do. I went for a little hike in the rain.

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A Hike at Yamato Scrub, A Photo Journey

It was a good day for a hike, but just about every day is.

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Pine Ridge at Tiger Bay State Forest

We headed out for a Christmas Day afternoon hike along Tiger Bay State Forest's pine ridge.

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A hike at Victoria Bluff Preserve

This preserve has five-plus miles of lowcountry hiking trails through longleaf and tall slash pines.

One of the fire-break trails at Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area.

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Shell Point Trail, Pickney Island NWR

Tall pines line the interior of Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The above photo was taken a quarter-mile in where the pines shade the double-track gravel and grass Shell Point trail.

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A hike after the rain cleared at Loxahatchee NWR

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A Hike along Kitching Creek

This Pileated Woodpecker was up in one of the pines burned by prescribed fire at Jonathan Dickinson State Park–about 500 yards south of the Kitching Creek foot bridge. 

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