Pacara Earpod Tree

Since moving to Florida, I have found the Pacara Earpod Tree, Enterolobium contortisiliquum, fascinating. I have photographed it several times: here and here. These are the seed pods that give the tree its name and are about 7 cm in diameter. Not surprisingly, the tree is a member of the pea family. And being a member of the legume family, this tree is a huge nitrogen fixer. It is, however, an invasive species. Click on the image for a larger view.

The Aftermath of Irma

Hurricane Irma swept through Florida on September 10th and 11th. It was a devastating storm that people are still recovering from. This was taken this evening near the St. John River in Brevard county, nearly a month after Irma passed through. Click on the image for a larger view.