Some of you have probably read Carl Hiaasen's newest book called Nature Girl. One of the characters is Honey Santana. She's featured on the book cover, kayaking. When you read the book you learn that Honey lives in Everglades City, Florida and kayaks in the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. Honey can't stand the incivility of telemarketers and is trying to teach one very obnoxious telemarketer named Boyd Shreave to change his ways. Her methods are creative to say the least.
This ribbon snake is on the boardwalk at Big Cypress Bend in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve not far from Everglades City. I saw a black snake in the water along side the boardwalk.
I love Everglades City and was there last week kayaking in the mangroves. I was a bit dismayed that there were so many tourists and new condos built since my last visit. The everglades is a special place - a wilderness like no other.