Swamp on the rise

Waters are up in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Last time waters were this high was following Fay in August of 2008.

But as high as Fay filled the swamps that water just as quickly dropped thanks to a “dry” dry season. If I remember correctly that predictable and uninterrupted decline was a boon to the wading birds.

This past dry season was the polar opposite, extremely wet.

April in fact saw waters rise higher than the entire summer before.

That in part helps explain an anomalously early (summer is the norm) and high (some 30 ft) surprise flowering of a rare and enigmatic ghost orchid.

They have a scope on the boardwalk so you can see it.

It’s still blooming.

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