March in Bloom

This month we explored trails on No Name Key, where it feels like another planet thanks to the exposed limestone, a rocky, bubbly, crackly terrain.
On the way back we stopped off in the Everglades, where we met a white-tailed deer family. It’s amazing how much bigger they are than key deer. There were two fat alligators when we walked up to this pond. One quickly slithered into the water and disappeared under the surface while the other kept an eye on us.

It was overcast while we drove down Alligator Alley, and we saw so many gators basking on the banks and swimming. Dozens. 

Once again we did not stop at Skunk Ape Research Center or Clyde Butcher’s Gallery. We always say we will, and then we realize we’d rather keep driving and taking in the scenery outside the window. I don’t look for Skunk Ape, but it’s no surprise something like that was conjured up in this place. “There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them; their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltness and sweetness of the their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades: River of Grass, 1947

My friend Jennifer watched a manatee give birth in the canal from her porch. They’ve been very active lately, flipping their tails and splashing around. The ducks enjoy watching them as much as I do. 

There was so much more we did this month, and more posts I wish I had time for. I’m so thankful to have all you friends here, who appreciate this one-woman show for what it is. 

9 Comments March in Bloom

  1. Linda Parrish March 28, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I love this blog. Everything I love about Florida in one spot!

    1. suwanneerose March 28, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you, Linda!!! ☺️❤️

  2. bt March 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    You put on an awesome one woman show! I wish I had time to join you on more of these adventures!

    1. suwanneerose March 28, 2019 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks, bt! me too.

  3. Coley March 29, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Big fan of your one woman show right here! I love seeing Florida through your eyes. It’s only a matter of time before you make one of those deer your pet. I support it whole heartedly!

    1. suwanneerose March 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      You know how tempting those deer are! They have no fear of people. That fawn ran up to me several times then zoomed away, hoping I’d chase after. Just like a puppy. My heart can’t take it!

  4. Misti March 29, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Wow, witnessing a manatee birth–how cool!

    1. suwanneerose March 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      I know! She was so lucky to catch it. She didn’t have her phone and couldn’t turn away for a second, so no pics, but we’ve since had a lot of glimpses of the baby (calf?). Hopefully she’ll comment here and give us all a recap!

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