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Florida's Lake Ockeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff

Life Support

Florida's Lake Ockeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff
This swale on the Rafter T Ranch in Florida was originally dug to build a road. Now it is plugged and holds water on the landscape, keeps excess nutrients from flushing into the lake, and creates wildlife habitat.  Katherine Wolkoff
An Everglade snail kite floats and flaps over the Lake Okeechobee's marshes, looking for snails.  Katherine Wolkoff
American lotus leaves, coated in fine hairs that repel water, cover large areas of Lake Okeechobee in spring and summer, sprouting yellow flowers before dying back in autumn. Katherine Wolkoff
A two-foot juvenile alligator amid a stand of three-square bulrushes. As they age, male alligators, which can reach 14 feet and 1,000 pounds, lose their yellow stripes and turn almost completely black.  Katherine Wolkoff
Hickory Hammock Trail, in Florida.  Katherine Wolkoff
Lake Okeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff
The common white ibis depends on wetlands like Okeechobee, where it feeds on worms, crayfish, clams, and other invertebrates.  Katherine Wolkoff
Yellow lotus bloom on Lake Okeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff
Lotus leaves on Lake Okeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff
Water management system at Buck Island Ranch, in Florida. Katherine Wolkoff
Millet grows on Lake Okeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff
Pink clusters of eggs belonging to the exotic apple snail. Snail kites feet on apple snails.  Katherine Wolkoff
Sunrise over the Kissimmee River, which feeds into Lake Okeechobee.  Katherine Wolkoff
Lotus. Katherine Wolkoff
A snail kite flies overhead at Lake Okeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff
Florida's Lake Ockeechobee. Katherine Wolkoff

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