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.
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).
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.
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.