You lookin’ at me?

You lookin' at me?

Found this little guy hiding under the flower of a redroot in a wetland. I was going for a bumblebee that wasn’t being cooperative, but saw this Carolina Mantis was a good sport.

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Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

Seeing this photo makes me think of Sleepy Hollow, even though the headless horseman has (thankfully) not made an appearance during one of my many visits to this beautiful cypress swamp.

World War M

 

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A dense stand of invasive exotic Melaleuca has taken over this once lush south Florida wetland. Restoration efforts may have stemmed the tide, but it will be many years before the carcasses of this invader allow the native plants to grow as they were.