Every now and then I’m pleasantly surprised to find something of interest and even value in Palm Beach County. The other day I headed out to walk around the Hatsume festival at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. The festival was good as usual but I decided to duck out before a bad storm came through. The wind was already starting to pick up so I did a quick lap around the lake making sure to spend some extra time in the bamboo patch before hoofing it out to the car.
After finally making it out of the Morikami parking area (the trick is to park to the extreme right of the complex as you are facing the entrance), I found I had some extra daylight on my hands and the rains didn’t look like they were going to last. On the way down I had passed by the sign of the Wakodahatchee Wetlands which is fifty acres of unused utilities land that has been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department. Our publications team at work had been putting together an eco-tourism piece and I recognized the name from the brochure. I pulled in on the way back up Jog road thinking it would be a small pond or something I would only spend a few minutes at.
To my surprise I ended up spending several hours walking the boardwalk and just enjoying all the birds and freshly rained on foilage. The pro (or at least they had pro equipment) photographers were out in force getting some shots of some newly hatched anhenga nesting in some trees almost within arms reach of one of the observation decks. It was almost as much fun just standing there listening to them chat as it was actually shooting some images.