This is the final installment of our Everglades National Park tour. This is Pa-hay-okee Overlook just before sunset. Swamp and wilderness stretch for miles on end. It's simultaneously, beautiful and peaceful -- and a bit creepy knowing all the reptiles and other creatures that call this area home. We left the overlook with a hint of a daylight left -- and, it's a good thing we did!
As we drove away, I spotted something alongside the road! The SDP Junior Editor gets an 'A' for creativity. Rather than risk scaring away the wildlife by opening/closing a car door, she popped her head through the sunroof to get a better look.
She had a great vantage point!
Dusk was rapidly setting in. But, there was no question what was perched in that tree so close to the road.
A barred owl! And, it seemed very curious about the activity on the road. Somehow I was able to quickly and quietly set up my tripod. And, maxing out the ISO, I was able to squeeze out this shot. What fun! Believe it or not, this is how our brief excursion to the Everglades ended -- very memorable. Looking forward to returning!