Idyllic Wakodahatchee

Wakodahatchee Wetlands has enchanted me with its charming little vignettes of natural beauty since my first visit three years ago. If the word Idyllic means full of natural, simple charm then this is the place. If the word Idyll refers to a short, descriptive pastoral poem with a literal meaning of ‘a little picture.’ Then maybe the images below can serve as little pictures of nature’s poetry within the whole of Wakodahatchee’s various wetland environments!

Tri-color Heron (Louisiana Heron) in tranquil late day light

Golden late day light filters through a little vignette of pond apple trees decorated with fern and lush aquatic foliage. And, just to make it perfect a Louisiana Heron enjoys a tranquil stroll through sunlit brilliant green and all reflected in evening’s dark waters.

White Egret and Cattle Egrets Nest together companionably

Nesting egrets.. a white egret preening alongside a trio of nesting cattle egrets..make for a companionable scene amid the natural twining tangle of branches suspended artfully over the water.

Anhinga Sunset

An anhinga silhouetted against the warm sunset rests on a cypress bough as another day at the wetland fades to a soft summer night.

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.  ~e.e. cummings

Ever,
Judy
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~ by Judy on August 13, 2013.

9 Responses to “Idyllic Wakodahatchee”

  1. What a beautiful location with a tremendous variety of wildlife well captured with excellent lighting. Well done for sure Judy!

    • It really is a pretty place and I am so scene oriented that I get a kick out of seeing the perfect settings. So when you get a perfect setting, great light AND with somebody home, that is just such a pleasure. So glad you enjoyed the little scenes. I think you would get a kick out of the place too if your travels took you to SFLA in the future!!

  2. I love those pond apple trees, reflected as they are in the water. One wonders which is the real world and which the reflection.

    • Perhaps only reflected reality! You as a writer and me as a reader both drawn to alternate realities; it is no wonder the question which is the more real comes from gazing into mirrored depths!! I like to think of it as a portal to a simpler time.

  3. I’ve never heard of pond apple – what a wonderful name! We do have hedge apples, of course, but they’re not so lovely. (Hedge apple also is known as Osage orange.)

    That first photo is spectacular. We don’t have many places around here where light, shadows and water can mix in quite that way. And the green! What a phenomenal color – it looks lit from within. Seeing places like that makes me happy for the creatures who get to live there. Do you think that heron is as delighted with his surroundings as I imagine I would be?

    Maybe that’s part of what makes it idyllic – the perfect pairing of creature and environment. So, so lovely!

    • Pond Apple trees are very pretty trees with a wide base which definitely likes wet forests and is found in the swamps of the everglades. The fruit is edible,sweet scented, yellow in color and reminiscent of honey dew. It was part of the Seminole diet and can also be made into jam. The pond apple fruit is also called Swamp Apple or Alligator Apple since the American Alligator has been known to eat it. I understand these trees have been cultivated for landscaping but not as a fruit tree. I have not seen anyone with a pond apple tree in their yard though and they do not like dry ground. Pond Apple Trees are popular nesting choices for herons, egrets, and anhingas so they provide the leafy backdrop of many of my nesting photos.

      I agree on the sunlit green of the aquatic plants. It is really glorious in person and anyone would just want to point their camera at it!! I like to think the avian residents delight in their little eden.

  4. Ah, just stunning little vistas of this wonderful little escape! Thank goodness for it…. I need to return, and soon. 🙂

    • Maybe when the heat dies down!! LOL! But spring and summer, everything greens up so beautifully. The early nesting season has rather skeletal leafless branches harboring the new great heron nests, but its fun to return through the season to see the egret nests surrounded by all those pretty new green leaves (even if I did convert to black and white a lot this year!!)

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