Beauty of the Florida Keys and Everglades

This past February I got to spend five days in the Florida Keys with my AP Bio class.  I was completely struck aback by how beautiful it is!

IMG_9866IMG_0075Possibly some of the best sunsets I have ever seen

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A Cassiopeia, a jellyfish that lives in the hammocks of the Keys

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Mollusk

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The skin that was shed from a horseshoe crab

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these little crabs were my favorite

The pollution caused by humans left noticeable impact all over the once colorful corals of the Keys.  I was disappointed, and truly heartbroken to see the lifeless, muddy colors; there was still some life, but all stripped of their vibrance.

Because of this, I have tried to make it a point to be more eco-friendly, and conscious in caring for this wonderful earth we call home.  She is one of a kind literally, and it is truly our job to preserve her beauty and fruitfulness.

I was joyed to see The Everglades full of life!  Probably my favorite part of the trip, it is truly a wonder that I think is worth going out to see!  People mistake the everglades for a stagnant swamp, but in reality, it is a flowing ebb of all various kinds of life.

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The Everglades have also faced ecological stress, at one point almost losing all of the water supply.  Since then, people have worked together to reverse the damage, and preserve the beauty here.

The Florida Keys may be a little underrated; truly a gift of Mother Nature! If anything, the earth is something to be nurtured and respect, not stripped barren.  Be kind to your home, and live a life conscious of your actions on those around you.

Much love,

Maddi