Another quick reminder about “C” stories

What? I’m asking again?

Yup! . . . there’s only another week before the “C” stories voting closes. I suspect most people who had any intention of reading them have already done so, but just in case, you can vote for them HERE as well as find links to the stories so that — you know — you can read them before you vote.

Right, done with that. Remember this shot?

Remember the explanation I got from the biologist about what those strange things are? I mean the brown bulbous things, not the Heron.

The picture you sent me is of pneumatophores. They are essentially aerial roots from bald cypress trees. They are thought to aid the tree in stabilization and oxygen exchange. Some cypress trees have more than others depending on where they are growing. Most are seen on trees growing at the water’s edge, however, they will form on cypress trees growing on dry land. This makes them a problem when they are planted in yards because they don’t get along with lawn mowers very well. Hope this helps. Thanks for the question and take care.

HERE‘s the Wikipedia entry for the tree. And now you know.

Well, here are some closeups . . .

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You can click on those for a larger version. Also, the SmugMug Gallery is HERE.

Here’s what the tree looks like. This is a vertical landscape generated by merging four or five shots in Photoshop.

If you want to see the full-size version, click on THIS  (3,598 x 8,734 pixels, 18 MB) and you can then click to zoom in and out of the photo. You can see some of the roots at the waterline.

Sorry for the quick post but I had things to do and food to eat.

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