Everglades National Park, a place I have wanted to visit for many years, overwhelmed me with its subtle beauty. There are no majestic icons like in some of the other national parks like Yosemite or Glacier. Just prairie, swamp, cypress, and hammocks of hardwood trees.
It is almost as far away from home as I can get and still be in North America. We camped at a national park campsite called Long Pine Key for $15 per night and I woke up to the most spectacular sunrise at the lake in the campground.
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Turning my camera 180 degrees, the morning light reflected off the tall pine trees and the small palms. I like the contrast between the height of the vegetation. The pine trees grow like this with needles only on the highest section of the tree so that it can survive fire.
This morning was a sign of good things to come. Tomorrow I will tell you all about the present I got myself for my birthday. I’ll give you a hint – it was an adventure.