Blog 7ish – Douglas: Nature of the Everglades

I thought this reading was rather boring. I didn’t count the pages but it seemed much longer than the previous readings and really just described the Everglades. If I was born and raised in New York City I may find it an interesting read for 5 to 10 pages but as someone who’s lived here for a few years and spent a fair amount of time in them it was just details I either already knew or wasn’t interested in.

“The sea rose up over the edges of that new shape of the Floridian plateau, warming and washing it gently, moving north of Okeechobee in a long curve over the once-risen land.” was one part of the book I found mildly interesting. I’ve always found the ancient geology of Florida interesting because of how unusual it is and it’s that peculiarity that helped form the Everglades as we know them.

“Southwest it was all custard apple, a subtropic, rough-barked, inconspicuous tree, with small pointed leaves and soft fruits.” Another one of the more interesting things about the Everglades in my opinion is the types of plants that thrive in it. All over the country, and world, you see plants that live in ponds, lakes, and rivers but the plants that grow and live in the Everglades are something else entirely.

“Glaring under the sun or bleak in the rain, flat, with patches of scrub and bright salt weeds, this is the country of the birds. The man-o’-war birds from the keys float and tumble over it in their effortless flight. Thousands of sandpipers and sanderlings rise in clouds from the water meadows.” This is an example of the inane trivia that this reading was dedicated to disguised in excessively flowery language to the point that your brain, or perhaps only mine, shuts anything else out. Each of these types of birds received one sentence that really barely described them and was moved on from. As I’m unfamiliar with those types of birds something a little more substantial would’ve gone a long way to make this reading more interesting. What kinds of things do they eat? Do they fly off for winter or summer? What eats them? The author may know, but isn’t telling. At least we have Wikipedia.

A Man-o’-War wishing it got more attention in the reading

photo credit: http://floridabirdingtrail.com/index.php/conservation/bird/magnificent_frigatebird/

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