As of early December, the center of the cypress dome in the foreground still holds about a foot of water whereas the pine island behind it is high and dry. Atmo- sphericdrought has gripped the south Florida skies for the past eight weeks, but the swamp’s deeper areas, i.e. cypress domes, strands, sloughs and marsh, are still holding water. Retaining water in those areas is critical to slowing down and containing wildland fires. During deep droughts in the swamp (i.e. Spring 2001, Spring 2009, Spring 2011), even the swamp’s lowest-lying areas go dry by the spring.
The winter mosaic hides its water under the needless trees.
That’s a safe place for water — for now. Once the spring bloom begins, i.e. cypress needle back out, that water can vanish fast.