The tree below has a type of fig "strangling" it...but not really. The fig tree has fruits that birds love. Birds excrete the seeds, they fall into the host tree cracks, the fig tree starts to grow up, roots start to grow down. The fig tree can live awhile without the roots touching the ground. If these trees were growing in areas further south, the fig tree would develop a thick, dense canopy and THAT would kill the host tree. We saw quite a few trees wrapped in jungles of roots this way....
Here are a few more photos of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. If you ever get a chance to go, check it out..it's really interesting and beautiful. You need to allow at least two hours to leisurely stroll and notice things...there were no mosquitoes or bugs to bother us this time of year...perfect! See you tomorrow!
|Barred Owl ignoring us|