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Highlands Scrub Natural Area, Pompano Beach, FL [Dec. 22nd, 2007|09:55 pm]
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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.

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But saw palmetto, paw-paw, and sand pine dominate this particular area.

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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).

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But when you look up close, there is a fascinating variety of flowers and plants.

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And a lot of interesting mosses and lichens.

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And of course, the typical Florida insect life. (Though this one kindly let me get closer than most!)

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I stayed until sunset...

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and got home by the light of the moon.

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[User Picture]From: majorsamfan
2007-12-24 07:56 am (UTC)
The dragonfly is amazing.

My girlfriend recently oohed and ahhed over some butterfly photos I took, awed at the photo picking up the antennae and such. But that dragonfly is way cool!
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