|Highlands Scrub Natural Area, Pompano Beach, FL
||[Dec. 22nd, 2007|09:55 pm]
Two months ago, a new park opened in my county - the Highlands Scrub Natural Area. It's one of several scrub areas that have recently been marked for conservation. Scrub areas are one of Florida's most endangered habitats and sadly, a habitat that's home to a high number of endemic species (therefore they are endangered as well).
Scrub habitat is extremely dry, comparable to a desert environment and sharing some of the same plant species. Cacti and other succulents are common.
But saw palmetto, paw-paw, and sand pine dominate this particular area.
From a distance, it doesn't look particularly attractive. For example, this sandy clearing (where gopher tortoises likely feed, but I didn't happen to see any today).
But when you look up close, there is a fascinating variety of flowers and plants.
And a lot of interesting mosses and lichens.
And of course, the typical Florida insect life. (Though this one kindly let me get closer than most!)
I stayed until sunset...
and got home by the light of the moon.