Friday, October 23, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Season 4 Episode 15

The sky and Hillsborough Bay were very inviting and relaxing today. The arc in the water just a few feet from the shore are a series of Reef Balls®, or Oyster Domes, part of C.O.R.E. (Community Oyster Reef Enhancement) program that I posted about earlier in the summer. It's a project of Tampa Bay Watch. The oyster domes, which are placed in this position, help replace and replenish oysters in some of our struggling waterways. Thousands have been placed along Bayshore Boulevard, Ballast Point and around MacDill Air Force Base. Before they are placed in the water and begin to work, they look like some strange, odd-shaped alien devices with holes in them. They have changed quite a bit since July and become even more encrusted with oyster shells. They begin to look natural and part of the ecosystem. (If you want to see what they look like at the start, before they become part of the life in the bay, click HERE.)

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James said...

Excellent picture and nice job catching the bird in flight.

Lori Skoog said...

Frank...nice shot. I wish I had the energy to write as much about my photos as you do.

Linda said...

So interesting about the oysters. Thanks for the explanation, otherwise I'd have looked at the shot and thought 'nice sky, and funny crinkly rocks'!