The Shoe Tree

While walking the Trail it is hard to miss the rather large fern arising from the boots of the Cabbage Palm trees.  Lift up the leaf and you will see the spores of the Golden Polypoidy arraigned in 2 rows next to the vein.

Golden Polypody 1

 

But you don’t have to lift the leaf as you can probably fine on on the ground

Golden Polypody 2

 

But be careful that you avoid the Poison Ivy climbing on the tree limbs

Poison Ivy 1

 

Or that you don’t get grabbed by the tendrils of the Smilax vine

Smilax 7

 

But be most careful on this part of the Trail

Trail 11

 

For here lurks the shoe tree just waiting to reach out and grab your footwear.

Oak Shoe

A New Look for Some Old images

As a photographer I always strive to make my images appear as realistic as possible.  I process my pictures to reflect how the scene, plant, or fungi looked to my eye.  But there are different ways to “look” at things and there is nothing wrong with looking at images using a little more artistic license.

In one of the blogs I follow the author talked about images incorporating the Orton effect. This style of image has a dreamy look where the lights in the image were even brighter and the focus was a little softer.  The effect is  named after Michael Orton the photographer who popularized it.

Here is the original view of the Climbing Aster

Climbing Aster 2

 

 

And here is the view with the Orton effect

Climbing Aster 1

The intent is to give some subtle and pleasing changes not create a radically different image.

 

Here is the original of the Green Arrow Arum

Green Arrow Arum 1

 

And here is the view with the Orton effect

Green Arrow Arum Orton 2

 

Do you like the Orton look?

I like the effect.  That is not to say I’m going to use this on all my images but I did want to try it on a few more.  So I did and then put them into a slide show.  As side shows always seemed to be helped with music, I used a tune by one of my favorite Florida folk singers who embraces environmental causes.  Dale Crider wrote and sings this song about Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and her battle to save the Everglades.

Here is the link to slideshow.  I hope you will enjoy the images and the song.

Images Seen on a Trail to the River

A Fungus Among Us

As I wander the Trail I always look to see what is flowering and, near one of the wooden walkways, I noticed that the Climbing Hempvine is starting to open up.  It’s in the Aster or Daisy family and its flowers are all disk flowers just like Feay’s Palafox.

Climbing Hempvine

 

A Hog Plum had dropped it’s colorful fruit on the trail.   I’m surprised that it hasn’t been gobbled up by an animal or bird.

Hog Plum Fruit

 

The weather has been wet so fungi are appearing.  I spotted this one near a tree root which crossed the Trail.

 Boletus 1

 

When I turned the mushroom over I saw the sponge layer of tubes which meant that it was some species of Boletes.

 Boletus 2

 

I broke off a little piece at the edge to give a little picture of the tubes where the spores are produced.

 Boletus 3

 

Further down the trail I came on an old mushroom that was covered with a cottony mold.  Everything is the host of another organism.

 Cotton Mold

 

 That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

Things I Found in the Mud

I never fail to enjoy looking at Slash Pine trees – the shapes, the textures, the strength.  Here is what caught my eye this morning.

Slash Pine 1

Another thing that caught my eye was the Elliott’s Milkpea.  This is a little vine with white flowers.  You can find it climbing on shrubs as you walk down the trail.  The flower is small but if you take a close look this is what you will see.

Elliott's Milkpea 1

But now to the mud.  Since we’ve had a lot of rainy weather, the trail has a number of muddy spots.  In one of these, a little white flower caught my eye.  Herb-of-Grace was in full bloom.

Herb-of-Grace 3

Further along I spotted what looked like a poached egg laying in the mud.

Loblolly Bay 3

It took me a minute, but when I realized what it was I looked up and saw the wonderful flowers of a Loblolly Bay.

Loblolly Bay 2

That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

Snake Vines and Snowballs

This was a wonderful day to stroll down the Trail.  The sky was blue and there was no rain in the immediate forecast.

Trail 5

 

Along the side of the Trail a Smilax vine was rising up from the ground like a green snake that was covered with nasty looking spikes.  One of the common names given to this vine is Earleaf Greenbrier but a good friend of mine grew up calling it a Snake Vine and I like that name the best of all.

Smilax 1

 

The remains of the tendrils that at one time had been used to hoist itself up now dead and brown but still wrapped around a piece of a twig

Smilax 2

 

The fresh green tendrils at the end of the Snake Vine were reaching out to grab hold of something to help the vine climb higher.

Smilax 3

 

And if they couldn’t find anything else to grab, they grabbed each other and intertwined.

Smilax 4

 

If you get down to the water, look around and you will see a little white snowball.

Buttonbush 1

 

The snowball consists of many flowers and is found on a tall woody shrub known as Buttonbush which is a member of the Coffee Family.

Buttonbush 2

 

That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.