This plant is also known as the coastal plain willow. Fun fact: fire will turn it from a tree to a shrub
A male (full red cap) red belly woodpecker seeks a snack on the edge of the cypress forest
The forest is trying to reclaim the marsh – who will win the battle?
We are progressing at a good clip now, and should have his hike completed soon
No, the railing isn’t painted – that’t a pink lichen hat grows on wood surfaces. We are at the "south lake" part of the swamp.
These are a very pretty color and are probably providing cover for some baby alligators.
Native American women would feel with their toes at the base of these swamp plants to find and harvest the roots, thus saving their backs from a little wear and tear. Pretty clever, huh?
You can see the coloration on the bottom of this cypress tree, which shows the high water mark. Currently we are at the beginning of dry season; not expecting significant rain until April or May
Sand cord grass will dominate if burn is not frequent enough. We are headed into that line of cypress now
It has been burned recently (2 years ago) – the other side is shaggier
I received a "reunion" invite from one of my Florida Master Naturalist instructors, so here I am. Hope to see some interesting critters today!