Shelf Mushrooms

Shelf Mushrooms

Shelf Mushrooms           click on picture for larger view

During my visit to the Bird Rookery Swamp  in Naples, I got to see a few pretty interesting natural things  that you don’t normally see in your natural surroundings. These mushrooms shaped like shelves were growing on a tree and was pointed out by our tour guide.  He called them shelf mushrooms for obvious reasons. They were really pretty impressive looking and bigger than this picture gives them credit for. I saw several other neat things on my short tour which included Black Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, a very large alligator, birds, ferns, and  Old Growth Bald Cypress Trees. There were remnants of the railroad tracks that the logging industry and railroads used to pull out the Old Growth Bald Cypress trees which could weigh several thousand pounds. It was here that I learned about the history of the Old Growth Bald Cypress Trees and how valuable they were in the 20th century to build everything from homes to ships. The tour guide said that Ponce de Leon didn’t find the Fountain of Youth in Florida but if he had looked hard enough he would have found another natural wonder in these trees.

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