“Friendly” ghost of swamps

A dry season ghost lurks in the swamps.

But that’s not because we’re nearing Halloween –

It’s there all year round.

Although you can’t see it,

Starting each year around Halloween:

You can see what it does.

Halloween, by the way, is a translation from the Old Irish term for “End of Summer,” which is very fitting for south Florida –

It is the final day of the last rainy month of the summer wet season.

The day after – November 1st – ushers in the traditional start of the multi-month disappearing act of south Florida’s the summer stockpile of surface waters,

Which vaporizes (ghost like) into thin air.

Waters disappear first in the pinelands, and then on down the wetland ladder, until slowly – over the course of the winter dry season – the water is gone.

This year swamp stage crested early in mid September.

Since then, waters have been steadily dropping throughout the preserve. Surface water has receded out of the pinelands and is already down a half foot from its wet-season peak.

For those that don’t know this neck of the woods, the swamps can look scary,

But this is one ghost that no one need fear:

We call it evapotranspiration – it has a very sunny disposition.

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