CBBH Photo Challenge – Reflection

Single Palm Tree Peace River - reflection - web

The sun reflected its’ warm rays on the calm waters as we traveled down the Peace River to hidden estuaries in undisturbed corners of nature. Palm Tree - leaning web (1280x788)

Ibis - white web

In the distance, you could see white Ibis nesting among the mangroves. An Ibis is a gregarious wading bird with a downward curving beak. It’s native to warm climates and Florida, according to our guides Captain Jeff and Lisa. Rusty was happy with a pat on the head. Soon he laid down for a quick siesta.on our recent boat ride down the Peace River in Arcadia, Florida. Captain Jeff #2  copy


When Ponce de Leon discovered these waters he had penned the name Rio de Paz. It was later changed to the Peace River. Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led the first European expedition to Florida.

Peace River - open waters web

As we all know, every would-be pirate needs a good ship, and Blackbeard had one of the best. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was a monstrous converted slaver ship, packing 40 cannons and with room for dozens of murderous pirates. This mighty pirate ship could go toe-to-toe with any armed merchantman. On board her decks, Blackbeard terrorized the Caribbean. There is a tale that Blackbeard wanted to hide many of the treasures he had amassed. As you can see by the photos this is very dense foliage along these waters. To find the locations of where he had buried his booty he would plant a palm tree. Palm trees do not grow along the water’s edge. They have to be planted. There are a great many people that even today search for Blackbeard’s treasures which are said to still be hidden somewhere.
Single Palm Tree Peace River - reflection - web

During Hurricane Charlie, back in 2004, many of the wildlife shelters along these shores were damaged and destroyed. The banyan tree, native to India and part of the mulberry family, is an enormous tree with many uses. Young plants put forth roots, which form secondary trunks to support the expansive limbs. These trunks send out more roots until they crowd out the host tree.architectural Tree - webFish and small birds nest and take shelter in these roots. The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, and used as animal fodder. The tree produces figs which are popular with birds and monkeys, and also produces flowers that attract wasps for pollination.

Banyan tree web

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