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Updated: 06/11/2014 08:00:00AM

The ghosts of Corkscrew Swamp

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PHOTO BY KIM COOL

A tiny section of the 2.5-mile boardwalk through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary at Naples.

PHOTO BY KIM COOL

Signs like this advise swamp visitors of special things to look for in the swap.

PHOTO BY KIM COOL

Sunlight filters through some young mangroves at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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An amazing and rare sighting of a Florida panther on the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - National Audubon Society.

By KIM COOL

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Each summer for the past few years, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is haunted by a ghost or two — ghost orchids that is.

When the first one was spotted a few years ago, someone set up a telescope aimed directly at the tiny flower that was at least 100 feet away from the boardwalk. My friend Carole and I took the shortcut to it. We took the path to the left. Eventually, more than a mile ahead, we came to the telescope and were rewarded with a view of the orchid, one that we were able to photograph with the help of the same telescope. Additional blooms appeared in 2012 and 2013, mostly in July and August.

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