Wednesday, 19 August 2009
The Everglades is a slow moving river that runs through South Florida. It has a large amount of mud deposited as the water does not have the energy to transport it. In this mud grows a grass called sawgrass or glade and as it stretches for ever you get Everglades - sat in the middle of a shallow lake area overlooking a wide expanse of tall grass on a boat that has a very shallow draught it suddenly dawned that I was in Norfolk overlooking the Broads and the sudden realisation of the similarity between the two landscapes was striking. Admittedly there are few alligators in Norfolk but we have got bittern and the odd marsh harrier instead. It is fair to say the Everglades trip did not live up to expectations - I guess I was hoping for a more in depth look at how the environment in the area was affected by the activities of people rather than the best way to wrestle an alligator but hey it might come in useful what with global warming and all.