There’s still water in the swamps, and I don’t mean the fake stuff you see in the canals. Yes, that’s technically still water – but only in name.
To see the real stuff (in its natural state) – and it’s disappearing with each new day (particularly the sunny ones) so don’t delay – you have to set your compass away from the canal and head toward the trees.
Cypress trees to be exact … the hill-shaped canopies that we call cypress domes.
(If you find yourself in a pineland forest you took a wrong turn at the palmetto hammock).
In the middle of the cypress domes, if you are lucky enough to find a deep one, you may find yourself a thin sliver of the real stuff.
But you’ll have to crunch your way through a dry bed of periphyton to get there. And don’t get distracted by the alligator tracks.
Unless you’re an alligator.