An almost 180-degree panorama taken from atop the observation tower overlooking the wetlands at the Indrio Savannahs. Although it is only mid-morning, the blazing temperature kept most of the wildlife out of sight and undercover and made the hike out and back one sweaty affair.
Spanish Moss along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports that Spanish Moss is not a moss but a bromeliad. An epiphyte that grows on others plants without relying on them for nutrients, rather taking their moisture and other nutrients from the air and detritus that comes near it. And contrary to popular belief, Spanish Moss is harmless to the plant it is growing on.
Sam and I came upon this Beggar’s Tick (Bidens alba) along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The Florida Wildflower Foundation calls it “…likely the most under-appreciated of all Florida’s native wildflower.”
This detail of an abandoned tractor reminds me of the scene in the 1956 science fiction classic Forbidden Planet when Robby the Robot says he rarely uses oxygen because it promotes rust. Sad that the movie presented us with such a sophisticated machine but relegated it to little more than the domestic help.
The old electrical power plant in downtown Vero Beach, formally the Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant, seen here gutted during an environmental cleanup, is now a popular micro-brewery. The building was constructed in 1926. For a time it looked like an ancient temple to the power gods, now it is just a fancy place to tie one on.