Photographer's Note

Summer forest fires have happened in Florida long before people moved in. Summer fires are most often caused by the frequent lightning storms. I found in an online search that forest fires are actually more frequent in the drier winter months, yet less damage is done because winter fires are usually caused by man, closer to roads, and easier to get to and control. In the summer, because they are caused by lightning strikes, forest fires often occur in remote places, and burn much greater areas. Because of this, the Florida Forestry Department often builds "fire breaks," or wide dirt roads, through the less inhabited regions of Florida's wildlands, to help curb the spread of fires.

This photo is taken from a dirt road runnning through a wildlife management district about 20 miles south of our town of St. Cloud. You can see the rain water which has gathered along the side of the road. Usually, wild fires which are not near human habitation are allowed to burn freely until the rains put them out, since forest fires actually beneficial to the forest and its wildlife.

These trees are probably the "broad leaf" variety of southern pine, and as you can see, much green was left in their needles. The outside bark of these pines burns, but it is tough enough to protect the softer, growing areas underneath, so these trees are not dead. The palmettos are a small type of palm tree which grow in huge, tough clusters in the dry pine forests. Their roots are very tough and long-living, and the fronds are sharp.

My last entry for the summer 2004 scavenger hunt: something older than 200 years. I hope the information makes the entry a little educational. Not many objects in this part of Florida are over 200 years old. PP includes curves for brightening, a color adjust, some dodge and burn spots, and some softening and sharpening.

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