The view of the channel that is bound by red mangroves. The red mangrove grows at a rate of 1 meter above the soil for every three meters below the soil. So, this mangrove is about 2 meters above the soil, which means that its roots plunge 6 meters below the soil -- about 18 feet..
A more detailed photo of the curls of red mangrove which constitute the heart of this ecological system. Among the red mangrove are a banana orchid which has a white blossom and smells just like bananas, and tendrils of cacti which hang down like the tentacles of an octopus. On of one the cacti there bloomed a red bulb, covered in small spikes.