We offer you to take a virtual trip with a 360° view to a fabulous and at the same time terrifying place on Earth – these are cypress swamps in the USA, which are located on the border of Louisiana and Texas, using the wonderful AirPano service.
AirPano is the world's largest resource for providing the highest quality 360° photos, usually taken from a bird's eye view. Filming is carried out mainly from helicopters and drones, but planes, airships and hot air balloons are also used.
With the AirPano service, you can view the most outstanding places in the natural world of our planet from a bird's eye view (and not only) using only the keyboard and mouse (also works on mobile devices):
- You can rotate the panorama with the mouse or use the arrows on the keyboard;
- To zoom in or out, scroll the mouse wheel;
- The "helicopter" icon indicates the points to which you can move. To get to such a point, click on the "helicopter";
- To descend to the ground, click on the "traveler" icon.
To the cypress family (lat. Cupressaceae) refers to the deciduous coniferous tree taxodium, or more simply – swamp cypress. It is originally from North America, but in the middle of the 17th century it was brought to Europe.
For life, the taxodium chooses wet areas of land – the banks of rivers and swamps. Sunlight is not very important to him, but warmth is necessary. And another key factor is the high rainfall. Its dense wood is resistant to decay, and it loves water so much that it can grow in conditions that no other land plant can stand.
In 2012, scuba divers found an underwater cypress grove in Alabama (USA)! The trees felt great under the 18-meter layer of water.
During the first five years of its life, the swamp cypress grows up to three meters, at the age of 40 it is already a 21-meter tree, and by the century the average height is 36 meters. After another 100 years, growth stops, and then the taxodium does not change in size, moreover, it can live up to 1000 years.
The trunk of the taxodium is very unusual: it is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top. Its dark or red-brown bark is covered with longitudinal deep cracks. And its horizontally divergent roots form original outgrowths of a conical shape, rising 1-2 meters above the water level. These "knees" allow the cypress to establish itself in unstable, moist soil.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the number of taxodium was greatly reduced: it was massively cut down for the sake of durable wood. Fortunately, people have realized the importance of these amazing trees for the conservation of the wetland ecosystem, and now their groves can be found in many warm and humid corners of the planet.
Imagine how spectacular these thickets look! And the world's largest forest grows in a swampy area on the border of Texas and Louisiana. Cypress, which in itself has a fabulous appearance, is hung with Tillandsia usneoides (lat. Tillandsia usneoides) – a plant that the Indians called "Spanish moss": it reminded them of the beards of conquistadors.
The water in the lake is very clean and transparent; alligators live in it, and animals and birds live along the banks. You can take a walk through the fantastic forest with the AirPano virtual tour.
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