Cypress in October, Tiger Bay State Forest, Florida. 2020
Changing seasons in Florida, evidenced by a grove of brilliant cypress with leaves soon to shed and water lilies fully open to a lowering sun.
Tiger Bay State Forest is a pocket of swamp and pine nestled between ancient sand dunes in Volusia County. Approximately 27,000 acres, these conservation lands serve as a critical water storage and recharge area. Slow-moving head waters matriculate into the Tomoka River, as well as into Haw Creek, supporting important recreation and conservation waterways through the St Johns River Water Management Area. The ponds, pine islands and extensive hydric swamp provide essential habitat for black bear and bald eagles, amongst other native and threatened wildlife.