Sunday, April 7, 2013

Florida and Home in North Carolina

I was recently struck by the stark yet similar beauty between the lake near my mother's house in Palmetto Palms (in Ft. Myers, Florida) and the beauty of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal closer to home here in Virginia. The canal runs between Virginia and North Carolina and was originally dug by slaves under the direction of George Washington.

Pictures from Ft. Myers, Florida:

Residents of Palmetto Palms are proud of their lake

My nieces are looking for alligators and turtles, both of which can sometimes be seen near the bridge

The bridge itself is a pretty walk through the mangroves

The mangroves add beauty to the scene

Mangrove roots provide shelter for wildlife like this little fish

 Pictures from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia:

My husband, Don Burke, and I celebrate our anniversary with a tandem bike trip along the Great Dismal Swamp Canal

No mangroves, but the trees grow all around the water here

Despite its name, the Great Dismal Swamp harbors wildlife and is beautiful in its own right

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