May 13, 2012

Sanctuary Stroll

Corkscrew Swamp
This is a portion of the wooden boardwalk which winds 2.25 miles through the 14,000 acres of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County.  One of the many reasons why there's an abundance of wildlife here is that there are five distinct habitats:  pine flatwood, wet prairie, bald cypress, marsh and Lettuce Lakes.  This portion of the boardwalk is winding from the pine flatwood area into the wet prairie.  Interesting tidbit:  the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in North America is located right here.  There's so much to enjoy and absorb, the transitions from one habitat to the other are seamless.  By the way, the boardwalk is wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and I saw several people making their way around, binoculars in hand, which I thought was quite nice.  I know if I couldn't make it around on my own I certainly would enjoy that option. 

4 comments:

Birdman said...

A very enjoyable place to visit, I bet. Lots of photo ops too.

Jack said...

Fun taking this tour with you, SRQ.

Michelle said...

My parents have a boardwalk/park/nature area like this next to their home. We always enjoy walking there and viewing the habitats. Nice pic!

Cathy Hudspeth said...

I like that Florida seems to be so sensitive to people who can't get around on their own.