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.
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.
An old photo taken some years ago of the invasive exotic plant Lygodium microphyllum in a natural area. Good news is that this monstrous mess is now only alive in this photo!
This old cypress tree stands guard over an old wetland now surrounded by urban sprawl.
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.