The Lost Forest

During our visit to the Florida Everglades I noticed on the map a place called “Mahogany Hammock”. Trees? Big Trees?? I thought I’d better take a look.

Mahogany Florida Everglades

Way back, when loggers were chopping down every tree they could find in the new and expanding Florida region, they came to an area of the Everglades that had slightly more water. On the other side of the water was a small area of untouched Hammock (tropical woodland).

Mahogany Florida Everglades

The loggers obviously decided it would take too much time and money to drag the wood across the wetland and it was left untouched. A hidden oasis of plants, birds, mammals and insects. Forgotten by man but full of life.

Mahogany Florida Everglades

Now you can walk around the hammock and see the giant mahogany trees that the loggers left. Dripping in air-plants and draped with creepers, these trees nestle quietly alongside the palms and dense undergrowth. Some have fallen and lay like dead giants, consumed by the insects, mold and fungi. Others continue to grow in their hidden world.

It feels like a place without time, nothing really matters, nothing will change it. I only hope this continues to be true.

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7 thoughts on “The Lost Forest

  1. This is stunningly stunning – those epiphytes are…I’m quite speechless! I would love to see the whole amazing structure.

    Thank you Jane for taking the time to let us see it too.

  2. Dragonstar. It was amazing to see. Virgin tropical woodland. Very noisy with all the insects and birds. Not sure how old they were. I will have to look up how to age mahogany. I can guess with English oaks, but tropical wood is another story!

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