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Young Mangroves

Young Mangroves
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Copyright: Thomas Sautter (mjdundee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 0 N: 287] (1207)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 3, Sigma 17-35 EX, B&W Circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-29 3:54
Viewed: 5018
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Missionary Bay on Hinchinbrook Island has lots of channels and huge wetlands with Mangroves. THe photo is taken at the South Shepherd Bay end of the system.

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Above and below water view at the edge of the mangal.Mangrove are woody trees or shrubs that grow in coastal habitats or mangal (Hogarth, 1999), for which the term mangrove swamp also would apply. Mangrove plants are found in depositional coastal environments where fine sediments, often with high organic content collect in areas protected from high energy wave action.

Mangrove plants are a diverse group which have been able to exploit a habitat (the intertidal zone) because they have developed a set of physiological adaptations to overcome the problems of anoxia, salinity and frequent inundation. Each species has its own capabilities and solutions to these problems; this may be the primary reason why, on some shorelines, mangrove tree species show distinct zonation due to variations in the range of environmental conditions across the intertidal zone. Therefore, the mix of species at any location within the intertidal zone is partly determined by the tolerances of individual species to physical conditions, like tidal inundation and salinity, but also may be influenced by other factors such as predation of their seedlings by crabs.

It is often stated that mangroves provide significant value in the coastal zone as a buffer against erosion, storm surge and tsunamis. While there is some attenuation of wave heights and energy as seawater passes through mangrove stands, it must be recognised that these trees typically inhabit areas of coastline where low wave energies are the norm. Therefore their capacity to ameliorate high energy events like storm surge and tsunamis is limited. Their long term impact on rates of erosion is also likely to be limited. Many river channels that wind through mangrove areas are actively eroding stands of mangroves on the outer sides of all the river bends, just as new stands of mangroves are appearing on the inner sides of these same bends where sediment is accreting.

They also provide habitats for wildlife, including several commercially important species of fish and crustacea and in at least some cases export of carbon fixed in mangroves is important in coastal foodwebs. In Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and India, mangrove plantations are grown in coastal regions for the benefits they provide to coastal fisheries and other uses. Despite replanting programs, over half the world's mangroves have been lost.

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Hi there. Great scene, a little dark in areas, but I still love the contrasts in colours. TFS

Hello thamas, great Job, perfcet details, BG, POV, DOF great Job, I live landscape shot like this alot, TFS Kyle

Hi Thomas,
I love the low POV and the scenery, but I feel the colors are too saturated. The sky looks too dark blue against the overwhitened clouds. Besides that an beautiful photo with an excellent DOF.

Hello Thomas,

I agree with Niek's assessement. Your photo is just over enhanced but has some lovely elements. I've read that it is sometimes best to not use a polarizer filter at its maximum effect to avoid having unnatural, over saturated places in the image. I suppose a lot of it is just personal preference.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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