When flying over the jungle and looking down the canopy just looks like one impenetrable solid mass of green. But as this photo shows, from the ground looking up you can see plenty of sky!
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I never got to see the bridging crews installing this lake bridging so I’ve no clue how they did it. I know in places the water was over six feet deep so they didn’t wade through it. Usually the foot boards were above the water but the level of the water depended upon the rains,…
After the surveyor cut his line, a ‘bridging crew’ would follow along behind and cut smaller trees to form a walkway, or bridge. Typically three poles wide and nailed together, it made walking the lines considerably easier for the rest of us and in most cases kept our feet dry also. It also meant that relatively few people were actually tromping across the jungle floor.
Yesterday’s photo was a view to the north. Today’s swings around to the north-west. The sun is out of the frame to the left but the patchwork of clouds leads to the grassland under the dark clouds to be bathed in light while the grassland under the blue sky is wrapped in shadow.
This clump of trees was the furthest point north and west that we went on this trip. My Captain turned opened the throttle and as we started to clear the trees I captured this view of the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. This is a view east and if you look really closely you might find the airliner on it’s descent into Miami International Airport. I toyed with the idea of cloning it out but decided to leave it.
It looked to us as though the thunder storm ahead was moving away so my pilot set the airboat in motion once more and we bounced across the water and grass towards the clump of trees in the middle of yesterday’s photo. In today’s image you can see how the frequent passing of the airboats has worn a trail through the sawgrass.
I noticed an observatory on the top of ‘The Villa by Barton G’ as it is now officially titled, originally the Casa Casuarina and more commonly known as the Versace House. I thought it quite curious that there was an observatory here. I doubt there’s still a telescope there and I’d wager the light pollution from the local neighborhood would render all but the brightest stars invisible if there is.