Exploring Bromeliad Forest

Because bromeliads are plentiful in the Everglades National Park, it was little surprise to us when pro-photographer Paul Marcellini suggested that we visit a cypress dome located about 0.25 mile from the road to see the bromeliads growing there. What we didn’t know was that, to visit this cypress dome, we had to hike through a muddy swamp and skirt the edge of a large alligator hole to get there. But once inside the dome, we discovered another world that is rarely seen by visitors… bromeliads of every size were growing on almost every cypress tree. Here is our journey into that other world.