Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mangroves: A unique and important habitat

Mangrove forests are an important habitat here on Florida's Gulf Coast.  They protect the fragile shoreline from storm damage, filter and purify freshwater runoff, serve as a nursery for valued game fish, and provide a home for a myriad of diverse species.  They are best viewed from a canoe or kayak where one can quietly enjoy the beauty of nature.

A mangrove tunnel through Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)

A great group restoring the mangle forests of Indonesia.

Mangrove Action Project, worldwide restoration

You can see red, white and black mangroves from a boardwalk at Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve in Cape Coral, Florida

Setting sun through the mangroves.  Ponce DeLeon Park.  Punta Gorda, Florida.

Evening paddle.  Charlotte Harbor, Florida

What a wonderful natural world we live in!

1 comment:

  1. awesome stevie
    great photos and really like your writings--one talented dude you are