I'm a retired website builder and amateur photographer and decided to merge those two interests with this website.
My interest in photography is primarily due to the variety of birds and the abundance of wildlife in South Florida where I moved to in 2018.
Both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve are a short drive from Naples and where I tend to go to take photos, along with the many closer nature parks, rookeries, and preserves in my area.
The vast majority of photos were taken in Florida, exceptions will be clearly marked.
Loop Road (County Road 94,) was created out of a dispute over the official route of the Tamiami Trail. The road is gravel for most of the route. It's 24 miles long and is south of the current path of the Tamiami Trail. It spans three counties: Collier to the west, Monroe in the center, and Miami- Dade to the east.
Visitors will pass through mostly cypress swamp, which is flooded forests in the summer wet season (May through October), but mostly dry in the winter, except for the areas of lowest elevation - the cypress strands.
It's a location with an interesting history that includes tales of bootleggers, poachers, thieves, and cutthroats. Al Capone, the notorious Chicago gangster, had a depression-era hunting lodge there, conveniently located a few miles across the Dade County line in a mostly lawless area of Monroe County. While he and others like him came for the wildlife, today visitors come from all over for the wildlife.
Despite what you have read elsewhere, it's an easy drive on what's typically a dusty and bumpy drive with less wildlife than many other backroads I visit.