Friday, July 30, 2010

Seasonally Inundated

This is what a seasonally inundated forest in Gallon Jug Estate looks like. Normally there is no standing water here but with the seasonal rains and hard packed clay soils, this depression fills up rapidly and stays for awhile. There is a lot of floating forest detritus ... and you may have noticed that the water looks like dark tea. In a sense, that is exactly what it is as the tannins leach out from the leaf litter staining the water. The red-flowered bromeliad is growing on the side of the tree above the water makes a nice touch of color

Now you know where mosquitoes breed!

5 comments:

  1. I guess this is what we have to look forward to. Our flight to Belize leaves late Saturday and we will be at Chan Chich for lunch Sundy. We can't wait.

    Hopefully, there won't be TOO many mosquitoes. Although one Jaguar sighting will eliminate any concerns about bugs.

    I believe that you are still in the USA Carolyn so maybe we will meet on a future trip.

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  2. Carolyn, if i ever do get down to visit, make me come during the dry but not too hot season!

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