For our purposes here, the Everglades System is defined as Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand, and the network of smaller parks just north of and around both. Historically, the Everglades system was much, much larger — reaching up to and even beyond Lake Okeechobee and even the Kissimmee River. Though the historic Everglades system has largely been butchered and hacked apart by human development and non-native species intrusion, an extraordinary array of biodiversity persists today. This region is easily among my most cherished, especially when I want to get away from the crowd and immerse myself in archaic Floridana. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the years exploring these parks and their adjacent areas — and have still only seen a pixel of a fraction of all that is down there. All subjects featured here were non-captive unless otherwise noted. This gallery will continue to be updated as new material is added to the site.