Until today it’s finally come to this.
|That's a pond apple leaf for sure!|
Surface water is making its last stand …
In the pond apple forests.
At least that’s the case up in The Big Cypress.
On a recent trip to Corkscrew I noticed they were already dry.
|Pond apple forest in Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve|
Turns out what I thought were pond apple were actually Dahoon Holly and Pop Ash mixed in. Suffice it to say plant identification is not my strong suit, but functionally I was more right than I knew:
All three plants grow on tussocks in the swamp's low water pools.
But what surprised me most is this:
For the first time ever I saw somebody (a birder) walking barefoot in the swamp.
|Boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp|
Of course we were walking on a boardwalk,