“Cloud” burned?

Everyone knows to beware of the Florida sun:

It can give you a terrible burn.

Don’t feel bad for these trees:
Regular fire is what keeps them around

But did you know that Florida clouds can do the same:

The charred slash pines in the photo above are the probable result of a lightning strike.  The cypress, and in particular the domes (middle right), stay unscathed and green because they are shallowly-flooded with water rising up their knees. Compare that to the pinelands which for much of the summer stay dry.

Of course, slash pines depend on fire to even exist.

Without it they would be slowly overtaken by other plants.

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