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.