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natgeotravel Photos by @CarltonWard // Here’s a time lapse of yesterday’s sunset in Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where the Everglades meets the Gulf of Mexico. South Florida boasts the largest contiguous protected mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere. On World Mangrove Day, let’s commit to protecting and restoring more of this endangered ecosystem. Throughout the world, mangroves are critical for fisheries, wildlife, and local communities. Mangroves also help combat climate change.

Help us celebrate World Wetlands Day! Among the world’s most productive environments, wetlands are critically important to freshwater supply, biodiversity, flood control and food production. They’re also places of stunning natural beauty. Photo from the Pa-hay-okee overlook at Everglades National Park in Florida courtesy of Paul Marcellini.

It’s All About the Water

“Where there’s water, there’s life.” Thus begins the narration of the film that welcomes visitors to the Everglades. Most people associate the Everglades with the word “swamp,” but one of the first things they tell you here is that the Everglades is not a swamp–it’s a giant river of grass. The water spills out over Lake Okeechobee in the wet season and begins its long, flat flow toward the sea over elevations as high as 3 whole feet! In the dry season, the river runs dry, leaving sloughs, solution holes, and puddles much like the watering holes in an African savannah. Wild life congregates in and around these areas in the dry season. I’m lucky enough to be here on the cusp of the Everglades’s two seasons (Wet and Dry). Everyone keeps telling me the bugs are coming (along with the rains).

The welcome film also tells us that water is the “engine that drives the Everglades.” I’m curious to see how many other metaphors and similes for water I discover on this journey.

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Classic airboat view - Everglades National Park.

Eowei (Or, as galactic travelers know it, the planet of Sylvarim) had seven kinds of forests that the Eika recognized. They were not exclusive to just one part of the world, and there were many regions where the two kinds overlapped with each other.

They are as follows (please note that tree comparisons are not 100% perfect/equivilant, and they are the closest us Earthlings can liken them to):

Jira: The Acacia-like forests of the savannah
Desora: The deciduous forests of moderate climates
Hisra: The tropical forests of the jungle/rainforest environments
Vunra: The coniferous forests of the tundra/taiga
Wuvikra: The banyan/mangrove-like forests of the swamps and everglades
Skiyira: The redwood-like forests of the north coasts
Maira: The willow like forest-groves surrounding some lakes and rivers.

N was from a Desora forest, with a village centered around a massive tree that looked like a cross between an oak and a poplar.

Z tree, by frank_delargy

This is an iconic tree in the Everglades National Park that goes by the popular name of the Z Tree. There are stories about how it’s unusual shape came to be. One of those stories is that the native americans bent it, and other trees in the area, to mark directions and locations. It is located right next to the main road but when looked at from the road it looks straight or crooked depending on where you are.

Cheer Up Post #2375 - The Everglades Edition

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Sunburst over the Everglades from an airboat.