invaders on the bluffs
|Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH)
|Date Taken: 2008-05-03|
|Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-04-03 8:23|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The spring weather in Maine is depressing- several consecutive days now of wet and barely above freezing- so it seems like time for a photographic boost of spirits. A brief visit to California (actually early May of last year) is just the thing.|
This image is a typical spring view along the central coast, just north of Ano Nuevo State Reserve (which is halfway between San Francisco and Monterrey). This spot is a small unmarked pull-off from the main coastal route, unremarkable until you go a few meters over a small rise and get this view of the bluffs and beaches.
The vegetation here is dominated by ice plant, apparently Carpobrotus edulis. From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpobrotus_edulis):
In several parts of the world, notably Australia, California, and the Mediterranean, all of which share a similar climate, the Ice Plant has escaped from cultivation and has become an invasive species. The Ice Plant poses a serious ecological problem, forming vast monospecific zones, lowering biodiversity, and competing directly with several threatened or endangered plant species for nutrients, water, light, and space (CA State Resources Agency 1990).
In the early 1900s C. edulis was brought to California from South Africa to stabilize soil along railroad tracks and was later put to use by Caltrans for similar purposes. Thousands of acres were planted in California until the 1970s. It easily spreads by seed (hundreds per fruit) and from segmentation (any shoot segment can produce roots). Its succulent foliage, bright magenta or yellow flowers, and resistance to some harsh coastal climatic conditions (salt) have also made it a favored garden plant. The Ice Plant was for several decades widely promoted as an ornamental plant, and it is still available at some nurseries. Ice Plant foliage can turn a vibrant red to yellow in color.
The Ice Plant is still abundant along highways, beaches, on military bases, and in other public and private landscapes. It spreads beyond landscape plantings and has invaded foredune, dune scrub, coastal bluff scrub, coastal prairie, and most recently maritime chaparral communities. In California, the Ice Plant is found in coastal habitats from north of Eureka, California, south at least as far as Rosarito in Baja California. It is intolerant of frost, and is not found far inland or at elevations greater than approximately 500 feet (150 m).
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nice but so problematic... TFS Ori
Aaah, a magnificent naturescape with a tremendeus depth of field Bob, no doubt the result of using a wide angle lens, very suitable for the occasion. We have the same plant (but a different species: C. acinaciformis) here, with only purple flowers, it might be an invasive species, but it also harbors a plethora of invertebrates (and some small snake species!) among its succulent leaves, actually providing the perfect microhabitat for such life forms.
Thanks for sharing this superb image with us my friend.
Great picture and interesting notes - we have the same plant causing the same issues on coastal cliffs in the south of England.
- [2009-04-03 10:30]
Fantastic photo in a wonderful composition and very beautiful colours. Good DOF, sharpness and low POV.
Have a good weekend,
- [2009-04-03 11:59]
Hi Bob !
Some colors very nice.
A very beautiful seascape. Congratulations.
Have a nice weekend,
- [2009-04-03 14:54]
A gorgeous seascape image Bob,
love the composition and the bright cheerful array of colors!! Even though the flowers are beautiful, it just goes to show you how deceiving such beauty can be at times TFS. Great notes!!
Hi Bob !
Splendid capture. With some nice color.
A beautiful day,
- [2009-04-04 7:14]
excellent photo in a wonderful composition, very good point of view, fantastic perspective and great sharpness. Well done,
P.S. (Here in Portugal we have plenty of them!)