The part of the Everglades we were exploring is the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area-Water Conservation Area 3B, according to Google Maps. Not the most romantic name. This corner of the everglades is mostly grassland but there are a few islands dotted here and there that stand a few feet higher than the surrounding land. According to my guide from Everglades Airboat Charters the water was a foot or so higher than normal for this time of year owing to recent storms. The islands are where the deer hang out when the water’s high so the airboats are not permitted to get within 100 feet of them. I didn’t see any deer but then the vegetation was pretty thick.
In the top left corner of the image there’s a black speck. Is it a bird? Is is a plane? Is it a piece of dust? It’s a plane recently airborne out of Miami International Airport. I toyed with the idea of cloning it out but decided not to in the end.