Water Drop Photography is a great home project. Our motto at Understand Photography is “We Simplify the Technical!”.
The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a swamp forest about 20 miles long by five miles wide. The Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is a 1.2-mile boardwalk into the forest. You won’t have much chance for landscape photography in this heavily wooded area. However, you are sure to see alligators, wading birds, snakes, turtles and maybe even deer, wild turkeys and black bears.
Everglades City takes you back in time. Once the county seat of Collier County, the town itself is adorable, with a few historic buildings to photograph. Take a peek inside the Rod and Gun Club to see this historic fishing club that has been open since the late 1800s. You can eat lunch here, but only if you have cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
Collier-Seminole State Park is a 7,271-acre park within one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. There are several hiking trails, or you can rent a canoe to float along the Blackwater River, where you will be sure to see alligators, raptors, wading birds and possibly manatees.
Smallwood Store opened in 1906 and is now a perfectly restored museum. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the early days of Collier County and a fun place to photograph. There isn’t much in Chokoloskee, but you can charter a boat to take you around Chokoloskee Bay to see mangrove islands, spoonbills, dolphins, eagles and pelicans. On your way back, have lunch at the Havana Cafe then walk around the side to see an old gravesite.
When you pull into Eagle Lakes Park, you may think there is nothing here for you as a photographer. It’s a busy recreational center with tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a community center. Walk back into the park for an entirely different experience! There are a couple of small lakes along the 2.5 mile nature trail, all boasting many different species of wading birds, raptors and songbirds. There is not much shade; so be sure to wear a hat and bring sunscreen. Eagle Lakes Park is part of the Florida Birding Trail.