Six Mile Cypress Sky

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Six Mile Cypress Sky

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Sky so blue and clouds
so puffy, filtered through the
branches of the trees

SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH is a beautiful strip of wetland woods that isn’t actually six miles – it’s about nine miles long and maybe a third of a mile wide.  The slough (pronouced “slew”, rhymes with “you” – yeah, I had to look it up!) runs alongside Six Mile Cypress Parkway, just north of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.  Migratory birds like to take a pit-stop here to fatten up for their long journeys hither and yon.  People come to walk through the preserve, which you might think is icky if you didn’t know that they’ve built a raised boardwalk so you’re not slogging through the swamp.  😀

I use Six Mile Cypress Parkway when I am driving to or coming home from Sanibel Island, and I always pass the sign that advertises the days of the week and the times for the guided nature walks, and think to myself that I’m going to have to play sick one of these work days and just go and do it!  I think I will ring up my friend Snowbird for this particular adventure, as she has expressed interest in the past.  I’ve been through there by myself, in the hot muggy summertime; this photo was taken in the Slough July 25th 2005, which was the trip I made down here to go house hunting.  I had to wear a ton of bug spray, and my tour ended when the skies opened up and let loose a torrential summer rain, so typical of this area during rainy season.  Yep, gonna have to do this soon, before the temps turn sultry and the air turns buggy again.

And after we do that, maybe I’ll play hookey again and we’ll do the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary down in Naples, Florida.   😉  It’s an Audubon site!


My previously published photos of Six Mile Cypress Slough:

The boardwalk
Reflection Shot
One Way?

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32 thoughts on “Six Mile Cypress Sky”

  1. YES, do play hookey and call me. I would love to go through there with you. Just don’t get “sick” on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday as those are the days I work at a certain wildlife center.

  2. Cool pic. My husband loves those kind of wet buggy places. I don’t know how many times we’ve pulled off that taken an “adventure”. They are always unforgettable events. Enjoy!

  3. I’ve been to both of those places back in 2003 when I visited my brother in Ft. Myers. I love them both and so want to go back again. Thanks for the memories!

  4. I have been there before with my grandparents…they live about an hour south in Punta Gorda. I’d give anything for some of that wonderful weather and beauty right now!

  5. I keep wondering where the cypress trees are! But I love the angle and the framing of the pine boughs (which doesn’t rhyme with “slough”!)

    I was only guessing at the purpose of the jetties based on their proximity to the inlet and the fact that most of the channels in that part of the intracoastal waterway have to be constantly dredged to keep them open. Lots of bars around the Outer Banks — and not all of them serve up Mai Tai’s.

  6. Loved hearing about this place, and the photo is just grand – cool leafy patters against the sky! We had sloughs where I used to live, in Alberta, but I didn’t know they were called that outside the west.

  7. What captures my eys is the variety of leaves set against the sky with the Gulf clouds filling the frame. A beautiful swamp, and I am sure that the Winter visits are a bit more palatable than the Summer ones…

  8. Hello Tink! I love photos looking up through the trees like that! I also knew exactly how to pronounce slough because of “Seattle Slough”

  9. Great shot! The weather is better than the weather in Oslo…..Today we cannot se more then a couple of meters in front of us – bacause it’s snowing like h……! Have a nice weekend!

  10. Beautiful picture. I would definitley play hookey and go there too. That sounds like a cool place to check out.

    Thanks for stopping by mine. Also Congrats. on quiting smoking! 🙂

  11. You had left a comment about the Great Backyard Bird Count. I wanted to say that birds will travel a long way for a meal. If you put up a feeder, they would happily find it. Probably the chickadees first as they are the most curious…Michelle

  12. Everything about this photo is beautiful to me. I love the contrast in the different kinds of trees. I love the shadowing as well as the wonderfully blue sky with the fluffy clouds. Very nicely captured. : )

    Thanks for playing,

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