The sun is shining through the canopy of trees and tall plants and is illuminating the boardwalk which winds its way through this nature park at Six Mile Cypress Preserve in Ft. Myers. Six Mile Slough Preserve is about 11 miles long and only ½ mile wide. It was established by a group of students, concerned citizens and government officials in the 1970’s as Ft. Myers was growing and the number of open spaces, wetlands and natural preserves was diminishing in this area. Eventually the park was re-established with the help of many organizations and today is one of the popular visitor spots where people can enjoy the outdoors and view Florida’s natural wildlife and wetlands. The preserve consists of 3-4 miles of boardwalk where you can view several different landscapes including Pine Flatwoods, Ponds, Hammocks and the Slough. It’s a great place to take pictures and catch glimpses of a variety of birds, reptiles and other wetland wildlife. The slough also serves as a migratory refuge for birds who are making their way in different directions when the climate changes. Visit the official website for the preserve which is managed within the Lee County Parks & Recreation Dept or go to the Friends of the Slough where you can learn more about the ongoing preservation efforts or get involved in meetings and volunteering. I found a good collection of pictures on a Trip Advisor website which shows a lot of the wildlife within the preserve.