Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Swamp

There's a wild, mysterious swamp in Florida called the Fakahatchee.

Specifically, according to the Friends of Fakahatchee:
Winding through the Florida Everglades is a narrow thread of forested swamp approximately 20 miles long and 3 to 5 miles wide called the Fakahatchee Strand. It is the main drainage slough of the southwestern Big Cypress Swamp.

The Fakahatchee is full of bromeliads, ferns, wildlife, and most notably, orchids.

The book The Orchid Thief and the movie Adaptation, based on the book, take place in the Fakahatchee.

Did you ever see the movie Adaptation? My favorite is the part when Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper are talking on the phone, humming a dial tone in harmony.

The Swamp's claim to fame is the rare and elusive Ghost Orchid.

We didn't get to see any of those, though.

But we did get to spend the day in The Swamp -- which is Florida's biggest state park -- and see all sorts of ferns and tree-wrapping orchids and eagles and everyone's favorite, those soil-less plants, bromeliads.

Ferns aren't Ghost Orchids, but they are cool.

Mistah Schleckah, our very own creative and intrepid photographer, took all these photos. As per.

It is green and lush and verdant in there.

But the best thing of all?

. . . is the hardware.

The Swamp People have so many cool rigs . . .

. . . and they love to trot them out.

. . . and we got to ride on them. With wine, of course.

The highlight of the day was our joyride through The Swamp in a swamp buggy.



Pickles and Dimes said...

Very cool! Was it humid in there?

foolery said...

That looks like SO much fun. And now I know I've been growing some accidental bromeliad houseplants. Guess I won't buy that potting soil after all.

Imperatrix said...

Cool! At first I thought you were making it up (fake - a-hatchee?)

Love those giant ferns.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Swamp buggies, huh? You are so very cultured, Ellie!


Me, You, or Ellie said...

That is a beautiful, weird, wet place. I get itchy just thinking of teh mosquitoes that must lurk about. We saw Adaptation together, didn't we? Loved that dial tone duet.

I love you with your wine on the swamp machine.

Nice one, El


Captain Dumbass said...

The swamp buggies and booze looked good.