FLORIDA – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – Shark Valley
Photo Experience: I spent most of a day here. There was significantly more water in the area than in January 2015. The abundance of water probably contributed to seeing less wildlife. (More water means that birds and gators are likely to be more widely distributed.) Still, I did find a number of worthwhile photo ops here. Morning is the best time to be at this location, with the sun coming from behind you to provide light on the subjects along the canal that is east of the Visitor Center.
Other Info: Shark Valley is located about 37 miles west of Miami along US 41. An entrance fee, or appropriate federal pass, is required to get in. Besides selling tickets for the tram, the Visitor Center also rents bicycles and has restrooms. There are also a few picnic tables in the area. NOTE: I recommend avoiding travel to this area from Florida City. Construction along FL 997 (Krome Ave.) between Homestead and US 41 with No Passing Allowed will continue to make this a slow, stressful twenty mile journey for years to come.