Stuff I Saw On A Recent Walk Through The Scrub


All images were taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S III) using the “A Better Camera” app.  All are 3-exposure HDR (High Dynamic Range).

a

Sabal Palmetto

b

Scrub Oak Forest (you may have seen this elsewhere)

c

Gopher Tortoise Burrow

d

Scrub Oaks grow slowly and don’t get very big. This one, with a 6″ (15 cm) diameter trunk, is probably a hundred or more years old. Maybe a lot more.

e

Sand Pine — either a lightning strike, or hurricane damage

g

Silver Palmetto, Love Vine and Dried Fox Grape Leaves

Sand Pine Cones

h

Woodbine (Virginia Creeper)

j

Lichens love Scrub Oak. There are several varieties of lichen in the semi-arid scrub.

i

Things grow slowly in arid and semi-arid areas. If left untraveled, vestiges of this path would be visible for several decades or longer, depending on climate.

k

This is where amber comes from, but it takes a while.

l

Scrub Pogonia. These blossoms are about the size of a nickle.

m

This lady was about the size of a child’s hand. Full-grown, she might be nearly as big as mine. Golden Orb Weavers like to build their webs across trails and openings, where insects are funneled into the trap. Thus, they pose frequent surprises for careless hikers. She won’t hurt you, but she can make you hurt yourself!