Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Random recent nature photos

As Texas became drier at the end of the last glaciation, we were left with some isolated wetland plants in unlikely places. We have a few surviving pockets of dwarf palm (Sabal minor) here in central Texas. These palmettos (from the Spanish palmito, little palm) are more typical of Florida and Louisiana than Texas. Here is a deer in the palmettos.

Here is a Needham's skimmer, photo taken at Port Aransas.

Sandwich terns at Port Aransas.

And here is the Texas great white shark, closing in on its prey, also at Port Aransas.

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