Mangroves at Port Douglas (1) - Brightly coloured dead mangrove leaves on the sand - they fall throughout the year from the mangrove trees living on the edge of the beach at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

These brightly coloured leaves have fallen from mangrove trees growing on the edge of the sandy beach at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. The trees shed their leaves steadily throughout the year and sometimes the leathery leaves are trapped for a while on the beach – amongst the tangled above-ground root systems, or snagged by algae-covered emergent aerial roots, and clumped behind boulders. Leaves that are washed into the sea can accumulate in large numbers and return with subsequent tides, forming heaps along the strand-line. I loved the contrasting colours of the fallen mangrove leaves on the sand; and the way that they made a thick bright soup in the sea that rhymically moved with the waves (as in the video clip shown below).

Mangroves at Port Douglas (2) - Brightly coloured heaps of dead mangrove leaves on the sandy strand-line - they fall throughout the year from the mangrove trees living on the edge of the beach at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (3) - Brightly coloured heaps of dead mangrove leaves amongst boulders on the beach - the leaves fall throughout the year from the mangrove trees living on the edge of the sandy shore at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (4) - Brightly coloured dead mangrove leaves amongst aerial roots emerging from the sand on the beach at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (5) - Mangrove trees in leaf and showing tangled root systems, and aerial roots covered with filamentous green algae. These trees on the beach are the source of the brightly coloured dead leaves in the sea and on the strand-line at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (6) - The tangled root systems above ground belonging to the mangrove trees on the beach at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (7) - Aerial roots of mangrove trees emerging from the sand on the beach at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (8) - Brightly coloured dead mangrove leaves that fall throughout the year from the mangrove trees on the waters' edge at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Mangroves at Port Douglas (9) - Brightly coloured dead mangrove leaves that fall throughout the year from the mangrove trees on the waters' edge at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

COPYRIGHT JESSICA WINDER 2013

All Rights Reserved

2 Replies to “Mangroves at Port Douglas”

  1. You could but it wouldn’t do any good to the garden – too much salt sucked up by the mangroves – and think of the difficulty of explaining to Customs and Excise what you were doing with a hundred weight of dried leaves in your suitcase on the return from your holiday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: