Castaway Island Preserve - Jacksonville, Florida
Scenes at the preserve on May 21, 2012 and November 23, 2015.
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A view of the preserve in May when water levels were normal.
Water levels were lower on my November trip exposing more of the grasses which would normally be mostly submerged in this area.
Woodpeckers and other birds create homes from the palm trunks which dried and lost their greenery due to the prolonged low water levels.
Boardwalk through parts of the preserve.
Platform to view the intracoastal waterway as seen from the boardwalk dock on the May trip.
On the November trip no water was visible in this area.
Dock on the intracoastal waterway (Cloud cover darkened this shot.)
View from the boardwalk leading to the dock on the May visit.
View of the boardwalk leading to the dock in November.
Much more vegetation was visible this trip.
Oyster shells visible on the November trip due to the low water levels.
Roadway bridge across the intracoastal waterway.
All photos © S. M. Garver