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One of the places I went on my vacation was The Everglades. The water is basically a 35- to 60-mile-wide river that is only inches deep. One way to see the wide array of plant and animal life is to travel in what is called an airboat. Watch the intro to the TV show CSI: Miami and you will see an airboat skimming across the water in the Everglades. It's similar to the one I was on.
The airboat has a shallow draft and is driven by a big fan-like thing. It is noisy. Click on the photo above to enlarge it and you'll see orange earplugs in the black man who is holding on to his cap. He's French, by the way. They asked where everyone was from and we also had Germans, British, South Africans, Canadians and Americans, of course.
The stuff above is called sawgrass.
Another way to see the plant and wildlife in the Everglades is to hike their trails. One that I took was called the Anhinga Trail. There were herons, egrets, turtles, alligators -- an abundance of plant and animal life.
The above image is rather cool as I just happened to catch this anhinga fishing.
After these birds dive in the water to catch fish, they spread their wings to dry.
On another trail I took, called Mahogany Hammock, a man told me there were two baby owls ahead in the tree. Sure enough, look at the photo above -- aren't they cute? Mama owl was nearby to make sure nobody messed with them. I imagine she can be ferocious if necessary.
There were alligators all over the place. One is sunning himself in the shot above.
A bunch of 'gators' are congregated in the image above. Note that one has his mouth wide open. So that they don't get too hungry, the park rangers feed them a tourist now and then.