Writer Annette Thompson has traveled to the Florida Everglades more than a dozen times. Here, mindful of the fragility of one of the South’s last wild places, she describes the things she treasures most.
To me, panthers are almost as elusive and mythical as unicorns. That’s in part because there are fewer than 100 of the animals still living here. Last year, I set out with a guide in search of one. The hackles on my neck rose at every owl hoot and shrub rustling I heard. But no panthers. I saw them in my dreams that night, and I still do.