The Florida Keys and The Everglades

With our arrival in the Florida Keys, our US road trip got as far from it’s home point as possible.  In fact, we were nearly as far south as you can be in the United States.  We set up our tent – the only place in the Florida Keys we could afford – at a campground in Sugarloaf Key and then spent 3 days exploring different parts of the southern island.  I have to say, in general, I was pleasantly surprised with the Keys.  I had basically planned to just spend a couple days chilling on the beach and enjoying the fact that I could be in shorts and t-shirt without freezing.  But, I think I spent more time with my eye looking through my lens than I did relaxing.

After leaving the Keys, we decided to make a quick stop in Everglades National Park.  Of course, after spending about 5 minutes in the Everglades we realized that we needed to allot more time.  With gators only a few feet away, lots of bird life, and underrated landscapes to photograph, we ended up flipping up our schedule on the spot and spending an entire day in the park.  I have to say, I was blown away by the wildlife photography opportunities in the Everglades.

All-in-all, a seriously great trip to Southern Florida.

Photos from Key West: Smathers Beach

The first place we decided to photograph was Smathers Beach in Key West.  The beach itself is likely the best in all the Keys, and there was a cool little jetty of rocks that was great to photograph.

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Photos from Bahia Honda State Park

On our second day shooting in the Florida Keys, we decided to head north and check out some old railroad bridge we spotted on the drive down.  It was the right move, we found that there was a really cool park called Bahia State Park.  There are beaches, and a marina, but what caught my photographer’s eye at the park was a set of rocks in the water that I’d be able to put in the foreground of the old bridge.  Of course, the reward wasn’t without pain.  I got my legs absolutely destroyed by sand flies.  Weeks later and I’m still itchy.

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Photos from Everglades National Park

Finally, we hit up the Everglades on our way out of the Keys.  We found that the best spot for wildlife was a spot called Royal Palms which had a heavy concentration of alligators as well as lots of birds such as blue herons and egrets.

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What’s Next on the Travel Photography Blog?

The US road trip is going to take us back across to the west of the US.  We’re going to hit up places like Moab, Zion National Park, and Antelope Canyon, and that should all be awesome!  So, be sure to stay tuned.



Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Wonderful photos. The Florida keys are one of my absolute favorite places to visit, both for the ability to relax a bit and bring home some pretty stunning photography. If you made it all the way out to Key West, I’m sure you had the opportunity to walk through the old Naval living quarters there – all white buildings with huge trees out front, awesome photo potential there.

    Looking forward to seeing where you go next.

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  2. I am in metro Tampa – Valrico. https://www.facebook.com/istophotography Next Year come thru Tampa after the keys and I will let yall camp in my back yard and see a huge huge flock of vultures – serious then take you out on Tampa Bay in my Center Console or down to the Sunshine Skyway bridge to shoot sunsets – panams – TL – whatever….

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    • Thanks Matt, will definitely take you up on that if we make our way down there again!

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