Hammock, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"More Everglades:
Once much larger, these ancient sub-tropical forests serve many important purposes in the Everglades. Hardwood hammocks develop on slightly higher ground that floods infrequently. A little rise in elevation can support the growth of a mature hardwood forest including royal palm, cabbage palm, live oak, gumbo limbo, mahogany and oak.
The hardwood hammocks provide homes to most of the Everglades mammals, who find shelter in their branches and roots. The tree leaves form a dense canopy which shades the forest floor and provids relief from the relentless tropical sun from the sun during the hotest part of the day. Reptiles and birds, too, call the hammocks home.
The hammocks are damp, and ferns and air plants thrive in their moisture-laden air, and rare native orchids multipy and bloom. The tree roots and leaves prevented erosion, and help remove pollutants from the water.