These are mangrove flowers, growing on the incredible plant that grows into islands
These are the seedlings from tiny to large
Before they drop from the tree
Here is one floating along looking for a great place to rest...if you gather a bunch and put them in a glass of water they will grow, believe it or not, and regular tap water will do. I feel it's fair to warn you though that they are under federal protection so that if you grow your own island it will probably be illegal to live on it.
These have found a good home already, new ones in the background, older in the front. They are wonderful for preventing soil and beach erosion, that's why they are protected. Although they mysteriously dissapear down here from time to time.
They support everything from starfish to regular fish, birds to people
And make a great buffer from the wind when you are walking along the beach.
These are on South Roosevelt, everyone recognize them?
And this bad little boy was out at the "Fort", or the Dry Tortugas, it is wonderful to know that this little tiny plant is so resilient. I just love them, they are a perfect example of adapting, in just about any condition. Putting down roots and making a home just about anywhere...just like people...