Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

The Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico west of the bottom tip of Florida. Fort Jefferson lies in the center of the islands that make up the park. About 60,000 tourist come to the park each year taking either a boat or a small sea plane. Vistors like to snorkel, fish, and scuba dive. Dry Tortugas first became a national park on January 4, 1935. The park covers almost 74 square miles and is the western most section of the Florida Keys.

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Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park Photos

The Last Bastion

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The Last Bastion

The largest brick masonry structure in the Americas, Fort Jefferson, is probably also the most remote and inhospitable garrison built by the United States as part of its seacoast defensive system, referred to as the 'Third System.'

Situated in the Dry Tortugas Islands, roughly 70 miles west of Key West, the construction of Fort Jefferson lasted nearly 30-years and required over 16 million bricks. The fort itself was rendered obsolete before it was half-completed, by the advent of the rifled cannon. But, it's strategic location along the key shipping lines of the Gulf of Mexico was invaluable as a safe haven for Union Naval forces during the civil war, and as a US Navy coaling station during the Spanish American War.

Toward the end of the US Civil War, the fort was used as a prison. It's most famous prisoner, Dr. Samuel Mudd, was the physician who set John Wilkes Booth's broken leg after his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and escape from Ford's Theater. His actions to care for his jailers and soldiers during a yellow fever outbreak in 1869 earned him a pardon from President Andrew Johnson.

The fort was a difficult and costly facility to keep in operation due to the lack of fresh water in the Dry Tortugas, and the constant beatings from Caribbean hurricanes. Following particularly strong storms in 1906, the Navy, who retained the property after the War Department's departure in 1889, abandoned the fort, and it was eventually set aside as a Federal bird reservation. In 1935, FDR designated the site as Fort Jefferson National Monument, and the entire Dry Tortugas were established as a National Park in 1992.

When visiting Key West, there are several tour operators who provide ferry and float-plane service to the Fort. I highly recommend a visit!

Fort Jefferson

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Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson, Garden Key - Dry Tortugas National Park

Fort Jefferson

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Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson, Garden Key - Dry Tortugas National Park

Ruddy Turnstone 4-18-14

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Ruddy Turnstone 4-18-14

Ruddy Turnstone, Dry Tortugas National Park (Fort Jefferson), Monroe County, FL, April 18, 2014.

Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay

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Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay

The Dry Tortugas are a small group of islands, located in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the Florida Keys. The islands are known for their richness of migrating island birds and vast seabird colonies. These pilings at the historic Fort Jefferson clearly provide a popular perch for resting and attending to bird business.

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Fort Jefferson Visitors

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Fort Jefferson Visitors

Through murky waters, trying out my new camera.
Next to the fort on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park.
Sergeant major
Abudefduf saxatilis
English language common names are sergeant major, damsel fish, five finger, and pilotfish.
This small, flat, oval shaped reef fish has five distinct black bars on its sides. While in sandy areas and over reefs, it is in its light phase, generally silvery gray with a yellow sheen along its upper sides; and when hiding in a cave or crevice, it enters its dark phase, with its body going darker gray blue, almost blending in with its dark bars. Named from the military strips they resemble, the sergeant majors school in groups of hundreds for feeding, but during spawning season, the male will aggressively guard his nest.
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Perspective

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Perspective

What we see depends on where we are, and what brought us to this view.
Fort Jefferson straight ahead, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas
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A Pelican's View - Fort Jefferson

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A Pelican's View - Fort Jefferson

Going to Fort Jefferson by Seaplane is the best way to get there. Gorgeous vistas from 500 feet up.
This is Garden Key with Bush Key, a bird rookery, off to the right.
At this angle of approach, you can see the blue sea water through the windows of the fort.
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Fort Jefferson Garden Key, Dry Tortugas

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Fort Jefferson Garden Key, Dry Tortugas

A Closer Look as we flew toward the island.
The stretch of land directly in front is Bush Key. A bird sanctuary, closed January to October for nesting. The stretch of land at the bottom of the image is Long Key, a Nurse Shark special protection zone.
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The Dry Tortugas Research Natural Area (RNA) was established in 2007 to create a new layer of protection for the marine resources of Dry Tortugas National Park. The RNA is a 46-square-mile no-take ecological preserve that provides a sanctuary for species affected by fishing and loss of habitat in this region of the Gulf of Mexico. The RNA also provides opportunities for boaters, divers, snorkelers, and researchers to explore and study the significant marine environment protected within Dry Tortugas National Park.

Snorkler's Edge

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Snorkler's Edge

A Snorkler's View of
Fort Jefferson, Garden Key,
Dry Tortugas.
We took the seaplane out to the island and spent the afternoon. Just not enough time to fully appreciate the whole fort and snorkel around the fort. A full day's trip is needed.
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Fort Jefferson

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Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson, Garden Key - Dry Tortugas National Park

Fort Jefferson

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Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson, Garden Key - Dry Tortugas National Park

Hooded Warbler 4-18-14

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Hooded Warbler 4-18-14

Hooded Warbler, Dry Tortugas National Park (Fort Jefferson), Monroe County, FL, April 18, 2014.

Man On Fort

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Man On Fort

Fort Jefferson, Garden Key,
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Approaching Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, One Of The Dry Tortugas

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Approaching Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, One Of The Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas - Fort Jefferson And Garden Key Approach
Dry Tortugas National Park
Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequents the area.
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