Mid-February in Ohio. Ouch. Got a wicked case of cabin fever. The past couple of years I'd be preparing about now for a trip down to south Florida to visit Everglades National Park. Nothing fancy, just a long weekend hiking around with the camera, enjoying the peace, and looking for critters (especially herps). Great time of year to visit the Everglades - temperatures in the 70s, its their dry season (so bugs are minimal for the most part), and plenty of wildlife. In fact, if you're a birder, this place is fantastic - birds are not necessarily my thing, but the variety of species present in the park is pretty amazing. They're all over the place, reflecting just what a unique ecosystem Everglades represents. Pretty cool stuff. I like getting to the park before the sun rises, and sitting in the pre-dawn light, listening as the park wakes up. All the animals combine for a pretty sweet symphony. So if you're like me and you're cursing the groundhog for his prediction of 6 more weeks of winter, you may want to consider a quick trip down to south Florida ... there are worse ways to spend a late winter weekend. Here are a few photos from past trips down to south Florida.