An image of a person taking a picture.

The moss-draped cypress ringing the lake’s waters are perhaps the most photogenic aspect of the refuge, with white water lilies an intriguing foreground.  Sunsets are quite spectacular from the boardwalk, and the bank is a great place to see the full moon rise.  There are always opportunities for alligator and turtle photographs, but ospreys can be seen on their bulky stick nests in late spring and early summer. Sandhill cranes overwinter by the hundreds and are great subjects for nature photographers. The most intriguing photographs are taken from a boat, as you can see much more on the water.