Biscayne National Park encompasses Biscayne Bay and many islands and shores just south of Miami, Florida. To really enjoy the park it’s necessary to book a boat and go snorkeling or scuba diving. Unfortunately I didn’t have time in my schedule and had to settle for walking along Convoy Point near the entrance. This little taste of the park was still worthwhile, however.
Just outside the park there were some cool vertebrates to see:
Once inside the park, the views from Convoy Point were impressive:
This Pleistocene limestone was deposited in ancient coral reefs relatively recently (in geologic terms), between 12,000 and 2.6 million years ago.
Amid the shore foliage there were anoles (Polychrotidae) thick like flies:
The shoreline was equally thick with mangroves:
These semi-aquatic plants grow pneumatophores, aerial roots that grow upward above the water surface to expose themselves to the air:
There were also a number of these beautiful morning glories (Convolvulaceae) with their vines and flowers growing up through the boardwalks:
I’m sure the clear waters harbored many exotic coral, fish, and other exciting features. I decided to sacrifice snorkeling here, however, in favor of spending time at Dry Tortugas National Park on the following day. It wasn’t a decision I regret, and I’ll cover more of that in the future. It does leave me wondering, however, what I missed beneath the waves here at Biscayne. Perhaps I’ll get the opportunity to explore this park more in the future.