Mar 4, 2014

Run-a-way swamp

Swamps have a reputation for going nowhere fast,

Its water flow ranges from stagnant to turtle speed.

Can you see the tussocks?

Take for example the momentarily liberated chunks of peat which, buoyant with gas, sometimes pop up when water levels rise high (during summer and fall) and threaten to break free.

But they don't make it far: Usually just a cypress tree lengths away.

Later they grow into pond apple trees,
as seen in Corkscrew Swamp
in early March

So what's the big deal?

They provided the substrate for decades later these pond apple tree forest to grow.

The swamp is quicker than you think!

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