It was raining all day so it was a gloomy time. We headed to a bus trip to the Everglades! As we approached the National Park the sun broke the thick cloud layer. Finally, we had a sunny, pleasant weather. It was in January.
We were beyond a shark dive, so Everglades with its wild tiers didn’t seem so fearful! We were curious and excited. We sat into an airboat and began our tour. We were fascinated by the spectacle! First, we travelled slow and careful, we had the possibility to scan through the landscape. We were starved to see an alligator or any other animals! The alligator seemed to be the most important! Actually, we were like kids, but we had two cameras: one for photo shooting (it was mine) and one GoPro Cam to make some videos (it was in the hand of my husband). Our tour leader payed our attention not to stick our hand out! It was hard to stop! Then, we almost glided over the water surface. It was really fast and really noisy, but we enjoyed it! Finally, we stopped and our tour leader pointed to a gray spot. As we neared to this spot the eyes of an alligator outlined and then it slowly emerged from the water and we could see how huge is it in fact! It was amazing! I tried not to imagine during attack. To be honest, it was really quiet, peaceful and easily accessible. When it was too close, the alligator just moved on.
The Everglades is rich in fauna. 275 fish species and 400 bird species live here. Here live e.g. west indian manatee, white-tailed deer, bobcat, marsh rabbit, raccoon, opossums, gray fox, river otters. Several reptiles can be found here e.g. alligators, lizards and snakes, turtles, and amphibians such as frogs and toads, and insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes…etc.
The most specific plant is the saw grass which can be found in the largest population in the word here. Several other species of true grasses, bromeliads, cacti, lichens, marine plants, orchids, wild flowers, soldier wood, black mangrove can be discovered here.
The water face which sparkled in the light of the setting sun, the rich aquatic vegetation, the sight and the voice of special animals are eternal experience for me! Forever imprinted!