April 21, 2019
This collection of photographs begins, in a way, where the last post left off: with trees of life. The plants growing on these trees seem a little different from the ones shown in the last post—perhaps because they immediately border the water. Two photographs separate the trees of life from reflections in the creek: one I think of as essence of tiger—a small stream on its way to the creek—and an arrangement of dead leaves.
August 6, 2018
When the water level recedes, it leaves traces of the Leptothrix discophora film on the rocks and mud. The close crop shows the iridescence best. Click on it to see the image even bigger. (The paw prints are from a raccoon.)
August 3, 2018
The detail crops show more of what drew my eye. The puckering indicates loss of water from the film.
August 2, 2018
August 1, 2018
July 30, 2018
As promised, here come the photos of the Leptothrix discophora biofilms I saw along the Vermilion River July 14. Those of you new to this blog may find a brief introduction to what you see in this photograph useful. Those wanting to know more may care to explore some links.
April 12, 2018
I saw more crystallized (if that’s what it is) ice along the Vermilion River March 26. My daughter assures me that this is ice that has partially thawed and then refrozen. She lives on a lake and often has observed this kind of ice along the shore.
February 26, 2018
February 25, 2018
February 24, 2018
February 22, 2018
February 21, 2018
February 7, 2018
Another marshy area of the park sported this little nurse log, which supports a variety of new plant life. The Pacific Northwest is, I hear tell, known for major nurse-log activity. Lynn Wohlers (bluebrightly) photographed what she calls a “nursery stump” in that area recently (scroll down to the fifth photo in her blog post). “Nurse” and “nursery” appear to be interchangeable terms in descriptions of this phenomenon.
February 5, 2018
Sometimes starfish are stranded on the beach when high tide turns. The one that made this print seems to have had a happier fate.
Update, later in the day: See Jessica Winder’s comment for another opinion.
February 3, 2018
When the tide recedes, it does so in little laps of the waves. The action leaves tiny ridges in the sand. I think the pock marks are from burst bubbles of sea foam.
February 2, 2018
When northerners think of palm leaves, they think of them green, and on the tree. They don’t imagine them brown, off the tree, and littering roads and beaches. So I’m happy to bring a little reality to northerners’ romantic notions. Actually, if you’ve looked at this blog a while, you know that I may really like brown palm fronds contorted into interesting shapes on the beach.
February 1, 2018
Raccoon prints add interest to the ripples that formed as the tide receded from the beach at South Lido Park.
October 27, 2017
October 3, 2017
February 5, 2017
February 3, 2017
February 2, 2017
Here are some more photographs of the Longboat Key public beach . . .