Dawn in the Florida Forest

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A patch of Florida forest near Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area lights up by morning sunlight filtering through cypress trees.

This photograph is from Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, near Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. This is on the trail to Memorial Tree, taken on my return. As the dawn light became a bit more powerful, it began to filter through the trees more, casting a beautiful golden glow across the landscape. To me, this is a perfect example of a Florida forest. They truly have a unique beauty all their own. The mixture of sabal palmetto, bald cypress, and live oak (among others) gives the woods a distinctly primeval feel. And when the sun rises, the dense grassy undergrowth covered in dew is almost as bright as the morning sky.

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