SUNDAY POST: Captivating
This photo is an aerial view of tree tops taken while high above in the Canopy Tower.
Why was it built?
The Myakka Canopy Walkway was the inspiration of canopy scientist Dr. Margaret Lowman. After spending a couple of decades devising methods to study treetops in the forests of other continents, Dr. Lowman settled in as the director of Sarasota’s Marie Selby’s Botanical Garden. Though, her experience was with tropical ecosystems, she realized that Florida’s forests were imperil as many of the legendary rain forests.
The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of treetops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palm trees.
The Myakka Canopy Walkway provides easy access to observe life in the treetops of an oak/palm hammock. As an outdoor laboratory for research and education, it is a place for discovery and opportunity for visitors to Myakka to see its canopy inhabitants up close. Completed in 2000, the structure was the first public treetop trail in North America
Who built the Canopy Walkway?
The Canopy Walk and Tower were built by a team effort of park volunteers, park staff and professional contractors – the Canopy Constructions Associates. Together, they worked 2571 hours on the walkways construction
Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The “Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River” flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation.
All photos were taken at the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.
All information is from – http://myakkariver .org/
Captivating – attracting or holding somebody’s attention by charm or other pleasing or irresistible features. To join in with Jake’s Challenge of Captivating go to – http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/sunday-post-captivating/