White Egret – Big Cypress Preserve
Sometimes a White Egret looks like a very large bird and sometimes in the wide tangle of places like Big Cypress Preserve perched within the vertical geometry of a cypress forest, it is a small blended element of a larger whole, surprisingly easy to miss. Big Cypress in the winter time has such lovely muted colors. The sky is paler blue between gray-brown stretches of cypress limbs. A white bird perches amid the gray-mossy greens of the ubiquitous Tillandsia fasciculata bromeliad plants that I so love. The only really dramatic color being the red bracts stemming from this everglades epiphyte. Although, I love the colors all year ’round, I love the lower numbers of mosquitoes and delightful temps at Big Cypress in the winter. Well, and the fact that bird nesting season in Florida coincides with those pleasant temps, all ideal for seeing birds dressed in their very best!! Hope you enjoy these elegant cypress dwellers!!