3. Swamp walk
En route to Big Cypress National Park, pull off at Clyde Butcher's gallery (52388 Tamiami Trail; www.clydebutcher.com). Known as the "Ansel Adams of the Everglades," this photographer displays large-format images that will inspire you. Then follow the Tamiami to Oasis Visitor's Center (239-695-1201), where you can take a free scenic swamp walk, if you book in advance during the (surprisingly cool) dry season. This takes you deep into twisted mangroves, hanging moss, wild orchids, and carnivorous bladderwort. It can also sometimes take you through water a few feet deep -- so wear something grubby, bring a change of clothes and pack your gear in waterproof plastic. Use long exposures to blur the water and for contrast with the plant life.