Photo of the super ghost orchid from the National Audubon Society.
Article by Chad Gillis, Fort Myers News-Press:
The heart of the swamp hearkens back to ancient Florida, to a wild, subtropical peninsula that early explorers said wasn’t fit for man or beast.
But it’s here that man and beast intersect, mostly on an elevated boardwalk that stretches through the cypress trees and seasonal ponds.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary draws more than 100,000 visitors annually.
It’s home to black bears, alligators, a plethora of nesting and foraging wading birds, bobcats, raptors and, of course, the Florida panther.
More than 13,000 acres in size, the swamp gives visitors a chance to see a natural Everglades ecosystem that’s still thriving in a region beset by urban sprawl.
Click here to read about five things that make Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary a Southwest Florida gemstone.