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Saturday, July 24 2021

Florida Maple

There's nothing to call Fall Colors in Florida but once in a while I run across a red maple leaf.

Thursday, July 1 2021

Loop Road

Like the rest of the Everglades, the scenery along Loop Road doesn’t shout. Appreciating Big Cypress National Wildlife Refuge requires quiet attention to the beauty of small things where the attentive will see alligators, birds, otters, deer, and maybe even the rarely seen Florida panther.

Thursday, June 24 2021

Strangler Fig

The Strangler Fig is considered a "keystone" tree and necessary in the tropical hardwood ecosystem. It begins its life as an epiphyte or "air plant" on the crown of a tree. It grows downward seeking a dependable source for root uptake of nutrients at ground level and develops its own underground root system that eventually completely entwines its roots and trunk around a host tree. The fig's crown grows foliage which soon overshadows the tree. Eventually, the host tree is "strangled" and dies, leaving the fig with a hollow trunk where the host used to be. The fig then takes advantage of the nutrients produced by the rotting host. The hollow trunk, with an abundance of nooks and crannies, provides home to thousands of invertebrates, rodents, bats, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

Wednesday, June 9 2021

River of Grass

The Everglades: River of Grass was published in 1947 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The book's first line, "There are no other Everglades in the world," has been called the "most famous passage ever written about the Everglades" and the line once welcomed visitors to the Everglades National Park website. She characterized the Everglades as an ecosystem surrounding a river worthy of protection, inescapably connected to South Florida's people and cultures.