I first went to the tip and walked along the beach trail on the northern side. The tide was in and the path very quickly became impassable. A low-hanging branch covered with thorns almost took my hat off. I saw a lot of warped trees such as these:
Later, I took trails on the south side of the preserve around where Seminole artifacts had been found. I didn’t see any. The terrain is very hilly here. I saw a yellow bird. I encountered some more amorphous trees, including one with wall-like roots, and one with what looks like frozen waterfall.
Next, I meandered through the center of the preserve, crossing over swamps on boardwalks. I heard a lot of gurgling under the bushes, but saw only a few very tiny fish. North of the swamps is a steep hill with an even steeper observation tower at the top. The carpentry clearly took a lot of forethought:
I also found this tree with the worst sunburn I have ever seen.
Leaving the hill and taking a trail back west along the northern parts, I saw tiny, hard seeds/berries that greatly resembled ladybugs (red with a black spot). I saw large, purple flowers with pink stripes and large, pink flowers with pink stripes. They were nearly identical. On these flowers was a black butterfly with blue spots and a bluish sheen (likely a mangrove skipper). It crawled so deep into one of the flowers that I was able to briefly trap it inside by gently pinching the flower base shut. I also saw a zebra long-wing butterfly, cacti, ultra-spiny aloe-like plants (possibly a variety of century plant) sticking into the trail, a duck, a red-thorned spider (possibly Gasteracantha cancriformis), and these tree crabs:
Between the trees, I could see that the tide had started to recede, leaving a very long, very narrow strip of land way out in the bay where before there had been only water. I named it Strip Island. I then returned to the beach where I saw a very tiny collar snake dart under a rock before I left.