Sunday, October 18, 2009


We've been hard at work on a Mangrove assignment and in so doing have learned much about these fascinating plants.

Top photo: Red Mangrove flowers, Rhizophora mangle, flowers are either self pollinated or wind pollinated and less than one inch in diameter.

Second Photo: Propagules of Red Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle. When ripe, these young seedlings detach from the parent tree and float in the Florida Bay until a suitable substratum is contacted.

Third Photo: Underwater view of the Prop Roots of Red Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle, which serve as a host for algae, sponges and other marine life.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yet Another Reason Why Photography Is Wonderful

Therisa found this amazing creature in our yard the other day!

After doing a little research with the help of knowledgeable friends,
she was determined to be a female Florida Bagworm (moth),
Oiketicus abbotii, female in sack.

This is the only bagworm species in the U.S. that arranges twig pieces transversely.

Photographed with a Canon 100mm Macro lens and Canon MT-24EX Twin Flash, 1/250 f14