Monday, October 19, 2009

Cypress Dome- Exploration (October 18)

Looking out across the expanse of the everglades, one may see small stands of trees. These occur in regions of depression within the marsh which results in a longer hydroperiod than sorrounding marsh areas. The principle constituent of these are Cypress trees, of which two species can be found in the everglades. The bald cypress and the pond cypress. These cypress may be hundreds of years old. The term, “cypress dome” or cypress head refers to the phenomenon that the larger cypress grow in the middle of the dome, and then get progressively smaller as one goes out from the center. The conditions for growth (long hydroperiod) are much better in the center as opposed to the edges.(read more)

Big Cypress Dome-Exploration (more photos)

Photos by Juan C Aguero (juanKa)
Big Cypress National Preserve, Fl


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That is very interesting Juan. I did not know that they liked so much water. Here I have seen them growing mostly in very dry, well drained soil. Fantastic pictures. I especially like the one of the fern growing out of the tree.

Lisetg said...

Que hermoso lugar Juanka!