Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is about a half hour drive from the Paynederosa. It is run by the National Audubon Society primarily for the purpose of protecting the nesting habitat of the American Wood Stork, but it is also the largest existing grove of rare old-growth Cypress left to us. It is a habitat and a refuge for many kinds of birds, plants, and other animals. Rusty goes there as often as he can and films and photographs. The following videos are all shot in high definition and hosted on youtube. You can choose the highest possible resolution for your connection speed at the lower right hand corner when the video begins.
Some of the plants and animals in corkscrew swamp.
A rainy morning - July 2, 2011 - Corkscrew Swamp shortly after a thunderstorm came through.
Some of the Herons at the nearby Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. We have our own giant Blue Heron on the Paynederosa, who comes daily to fish in our ponds. He is very flighty and leaves as soon as a human gets near. He must suspect we are a little peeved that he has eaten all of our goldfish and all but our biggest Koi, Moby. The herons at Corkscrew seem to understand that the humans there are harmless.