Fakahatchee Summer, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 8"x8"
The Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve is a very special place. The best description of the Fakahatchee is a linear swamp forest, almost twenty miles long and five miles wide, with a high tree canopy of royal palms and cypress trees. Orchids and bromeliads are in abundance, with 44 native orchids and 14 native bromeliad species. It is a haven for wildlife, including birds, both resident and migratory.
Much ecological damage was done to the Fakahatchee Strand in the past by clear-cut logging, road building and drainage. However, the area had recovered remarkably well, and there are high hopes for its continued recovery as part of the Everglades Restoration.
It is a fairly intact and functional natural system with a number of different habitats. It's one of nature's quiet places, a place that reveals secrets slowly. You can visit it by walking the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, or driving Jane's Scenic Drive.
You do need to wear your mosquito protection this time of year, and if they are too bad, just move on a little and you'll find they are no problem.