A few months ago I spent the day with my son. He is a guide in the Big Cypress, down in South Florida. My son is also a photographer and has had some wonderful adventures on his own; like kayaking the Mississippi River not one, but twice. His latest adventure was back in April while conducting a tour with a family. He spotted a huge Python, jumped in the water, grabbed it and became a You Tube sensation. Back to my story, I took a canoe tour with him down the Turner River and was able to take my camera with me without worry of tipping, since he’s an expert paddler. It was beautiful! The water was so clear and reflective and the plants were all green and in full color. We also were able to get up close and personal with a couple of alligators which allowed me to focus up close. Once out there you forget that civilization exists, it’s so quiet and relaxing. My son is really great with interpretation and I love listening to him explain the natural world. If you ever are able to get to South Florida in the tiny town of Ochopee, FL stop by Trail Lakes Campground and take a kayak or pole boat tour with Tommy Owen.