Aug 6, 2011

"Hey, where'd everybody go?"

What do royal palm, sour orange, and banana trees all have in common?

When you see them in the swamp it usually means that a backcountry camp is nearby. In some cases they are abandoned altogether, pretty much the only remnant left, with the original inhabitants that planted them long gone – either dead or moved out of the swamp or possibly both.

Outdoor plants can take on a life of their own

Imported and abandoned,

These plants quietly go about doing what they always do: photosynthesizing, growing, reproducing and more or less doing just fine.

Unlike pets, outdoor plants outlive their owner.


pguzek said...

Do you remove these plants from the Preserve?

jabblog said...

What a fascinating photograph. I think you must have taken it from a very clever angle.

Janie said...

Interesting photo.
In the west, seeing established trees away from a creek or spring usually means a cabin was nearby at one time.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Usually only invasive exotics are removed, not these. But you're right in that many of the invasives were brought in as ornamentals or for other reasons. It was a photogenic tree for sure. I was glad I had my camera with me.