I'm a retired website builder and amateur photographer and decided to merge those two interests with this website.
My interest in photography is primarily due to the variety of birds and the abundance of wildlife in South Florida where I moved to in 2018.
Both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve are a short drive from Naples and where I tend to go to take photos, along with the many closer nature parks, rookeries, and preserves in my area.
The vast majority of photos were taken in Florida, exceptions will be clearly marked.
Ficus aurea, commonly known as the Florida strangler fig is a tree native to the U.S. state of Florida. The seed germination usually takes place in the canopy of a host tree with the seedling living as an epiphyte until its roots establish contact with the ground. Yes, that's right, it grows downward unlike most plants.
After reaching the ground, it enlarges and strangles its host, eventually becoming a free-standing tree in its own right. Individuals may reach 100 ft in height. Figs are only pollinated by fig wasps, and fig wasps can only reproduce in fig flowers. The tree provides habitat, food, and shelter for a host of tropical lifeforms including epiphytes in cloud forests and birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates.