Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Bright Fall Day

Walking along the shores of Lake Harris, I couldn't help but snap this photo of the brilliantly blue water as viewed through the towering cypress trees. The temperature was in that perfect zone (high 70's with no humidity), and the warm glow of autumn sunlight was working its magic on the normally murky colored water.
Cypress trees are always a mystery to me. As you can see the shortest tree on the left side of the photo is actually a young tree growing out of an old tree that is no longer in existence. I always have to wonder what happened to the original tree. Perhaps some strong hurricane wind snapped it off, or maybe this rotting stump is the remnants of an ancient cypress from days gone by. And, then there are the cypress knees - those knubby growths of wood in various sizes that encircle the mother tree. They are definitely mysterious and otherworldly.


Meems said...

we are definitely having perfect florida weather and these days are hard to resist soaking in every minute of the outdoors. i adore cypress stands and those cute knees usually clumped together.

Susan said...

Meems...Even though there's a bit of a nip in the air this morning, the next 6 months will be glorious!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Aaaaahhh this is what I need to see while we are having single digit temperatures. This photo says FLorida to me. The moss haning from cypress trees and sunshine.

Luckily with these cold temps we have had abundant sunshine. It is a rough combination when the sun doesn't shine.

Susan said...

Lisa...hopefully spring will arrive early for you!

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