One of the biggest draws in Southwest Florida this year has been the newborn alligators at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Right now they’re about a month old and less than a foot long. How can you catch a glimpse? Visit the slough at 7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33912, Pay the $1 an hour parking fee (cheap!) and walk the boardwalk. The babies are usually found either in the marsh grass near the first observation area at Gator Lake, or along the walk on the side of the lake. Keep you head down and look for a small crowd of people who might have found them already. Look out for mom, too!
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is one of the top spots for finding water birds in the United States. Growing up on the East Coast I was familiar with herons, egrets, and the occasional bald eagle, but the variety of them in Florida came as a shock. Check out these shots from the Darling Preserve.
The sunsets in Southwest Florida are a sight to behold. I try to get out at least once a week and watch the sun set over a body of water. Just being out in the col evening watching this giant fireball sink away is relaxing. On of my favorite places is the Carlos Bay – Bunche Beach Preserve off of Summerlin in Fort Myers right before the Sanibel Causeway. It’s a great site where you can see both Sanibel and Fort Myers beaches.
Hello world. Florida is such a unique place. Southwest Florida is such a draw because of its amazing flora, fauna, and friendliness. I moved down here almost year ago and have been trying to take advantage of everything the state has to offer. Please feel free to come with me on this journey.
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