Black Mangrove, St Augustine, Florida. 2020

A black mangrove anchors a coastal creek bend on a foggy evening in St Augustine, Florida.

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Black Mangrove, St Augustine, Florida. 2020

A black mangrove anchors a coastal creek bend on a foggy evening in St Augustine, Florida. Black mangroves are valuable salt marsh plants, as they filter and trap dead leaves, twigs and sediments. Breather roots, or pneumatophores, reach up from the ground, collecting silt and controlling erosion. They also reduce wave energy, assist in respiration and form a vital nursery habitat for crustaceans and fish. The plants are a resting habitat for coastal birds. The black mangrove can be found the farthest north and the farthest inland of all the mangrove species.
Captured on CatLABS X 80 4×5 sheet film. Scanned with an Epson Perfection v850 Pro. Composed along Moultrie Creek in St Johns County, Florida in December, 2020.
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