A Florida Friday: Subtle seasonal changes at the Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

We’ve visited the Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers twice. Once last March and most recently this past January where we spotted the above alligator coming out of the cool water to sun itself. The cypress trees were bare and missing much of the water they are used to standing in during rainier times of year.

Many people think of Florida as the land of eternal summer, but that’s definitely not the case. The seasons here are distinctive, as any year-rounder will tell you. Of course, we don’t have the extremes experienced in more northern climates (and most of us probably like it that way), but if you live here long enough or visit at different times of year, you do notice the differences, especially if you come in summer. As you scroll down the photos below, you can see the changes between January (left) and March (right) – (or, perhaps, top/bottom, if you are viewing this on a cellphone/tablet); we visited at the same time of day, but you can see the lighting looks different; summer is on its way.

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4 thoughts on “A Florida Friday: Subtle seasonal changes at the Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

  1. John Ford

    When we used to make the trip from Maryland to visit my mother at Shell Point Village in Ft. Myers, six-mile cypress was a favorite place to visit for bird watching and seeing other critters as well as getting away from the congestion and noise of the surrounding area. It is similar to the Audubon Corkscrew Preserve, but much closer. Enjoy!

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    • Thanks, John. Nice to hear from you. Shell Point is just across from Sanibel, so I am sure you must have gone to Ding Darling, too. We have really enjoyed our visits thus far to 6-mile, and you are right, it is definitely much closer to get to than Corkscrew. Believe it or not, all the congestion is now creeping out towards Corkscrew, so it’s a blessing all that land was preserved. The developers are going haywire with all their fancy gated communities. We are glad we live in a normal neighborhood away from the fray. Hope all is well where you are!

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  2. It’s fascinating to see the differences between January and March.

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