Jan 23, 2020

Does lightning strike twice?

Last year we were well on our way ...

To an epic spring drought.

on't look now: But after a little
bump from December rains, the water
table is touching down at a long-term
January low

Until a Big Rain Day (in late January) changed the outlook,

Practically over night.

It was exactly what the swamp needed.

A year later, we could use another one now.

Jan 22, 2020

Jan 21, 2020

Dry decade?

December rains were just what the swamp needed ...

After an record rainless September.

It's still too early to call it a dry decade,
But at least for the Big Cypress the first
month has been dry

Domes got refilled,

Practically to their brim.

Fast forward a month and water is back on the retreat.

Jan 19, 2020

Winter rains count more

A little rain goes a long way ...

during the winter months.

This chart shows recent rainfall over the past year
compared to the normal (black line) and seasonal
warming and cooling
The reason why?

Cooler temperatures means that evaporation doesn't steal it away.

That allows every drop to soak in.

Jan 18, 2020

Friendly hitchhikers

There are trees ...

And then there are trees with air plants.

Butterfly orchid
The swamp just wouldn't be the same without them.

Jan 14, 2020

Historical vault of "monthly rain"

Over the long haul,

The swamp averages 11 inches of winter rain.

Last winter "dry season"
we had 15 inches of rain 

By "winter rainfall,"

We mean the 6-month "dry season" from November through April.

So far this year we're at 4 inches.

Jan 8, 2020

Early "green out?"

Come January,

In every prairie there are always a few:

As for the rest,
they'll green out
in March

An anomalous dwarf cypress that greens out too soon.

Jan 6, 2020

Exceptional wax myrtle

Usually wax myrtle like to grow ...

In marl prairies where its a little less wet.

Wax myrtle in the foreground
with a cypress dome in back

But they'll also grow wherever they can.

Like in this case, in the middle of a dome.

Wax myrtle on a log (foreground)
in the middle of the dome

And yes, it cheated by growing on a log.

Jan 1, 2020

Swamp o' time

Now over fifty,

I've know the swamp for twenty years.

But who's counting?

My point:

Who thought we'd be able to relive our twenties!?

Youth blooms eternal in the Big Cypress Swamp.