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This is old Bermuda, untouched for hundreds of years right on our doorstep. I was 10 feet back from the shoreline taking this shot. Regular low tide would be covering about a foot high. The rock is hard limestone, almost like iron. There are many caves that go for hundreds of yards both underground and underwater. The three dead white trees you see centre and on the left are Bermuda Cedars that were killed in the 40s and 50s by a blight. There are Brazilian Pepper trees (we call them Mexican peppers), Spanish Bayonet, Buttonwood and Mangrove trees, Bermuda ferns, Australian Casuarina trees and a few other plants all in this picture.

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Robbiel

Yes there is a lot of beauty in 'Old Bermuda" thanks very much Celeste, PKH and Shirley.

shirley68

This is very beautiful, and I thank the low tide for allowing you to photograph and share this gorgeous part of Old Bermuda with us. Thank you Robbie.

pumpkinhead

Old Bermuda has some mighty nice old colors. Thanks for this great picture, Robbie.

CelesteH

wow even with no water being there its a wonderful picture

Robbiel

I enjoyed your story Buck, thanks very much.

Yes it was fun Hanne, today it was quite windy, thanks.

Yes and she stepped down from there and said............Get my supper ready......NOW!!!!

mipahollo1

This looks like an enchanted garden. Perhaps a beautiful maiden is somewhere in there! :)

Elfie

It must be fabulous to go exploring in this place where you normally can't go!! Thanks for doing it Robbie!!

buckeye425

Hi Robbie, this is fascinating! I really enjoy learning about nature where you live. I know exactly what you mean about those Casuarinas. In my area it's the silver maple. They were very popular in the 1910s and 1920s when my neighborhood was being built. Now they're a huge problem when they come down in storms. There was one in my front yard when I bought my house. There was a hole at the base of the trunk that tripled in size over one year. So I looked around and saw that if the tree went down, it could take out 3 front porches or at least 5 parked cars and power lines for our street lights, depending on direction. I hired a tree service to come and cut it down!

Robbiel

Thanks dondi, rob, David and snooker, I can answer you all one time. Cedars were used extensivel for shipbuilding and furniture. Also in very old homes as rafters, frames, windows and doors. The original cedars were very large I believe some could be 3 to 4 feet in diameter. It is a very hard wood and difficult to work with. As David mentioned they can be submerged for long periods of time and remain good inside. A few years ago a whole lot of cedars were found submerged about 1/2 mile offshore and are believed to be from an old cedar grove maybe 3 thousand years old! Almost all of old cedars are gone now, they are protected by law and a serious program of re-planting has been going on for decades and they are prolific once again, but mostly young trees. Dad has 37 here on our property. Bermuda Cedar wood is the most expensive here and most of the building cedar is imported and called Virginia Cedar.
The Casuarina tree from Australia was brought in after the blight to make up for all the lost cedars. It is a very messy tree and fast growing, brittle in hurricanes and has weak shallow roots. Now that the cedars are taking hold, we are slowly getting rid of the Casuarinas.
You're bruvvers must be very cool guys David and Jenny got a good laugh. I think snooker did too.

snooker

Bruvvers are good, David. :)

david06520

Sorry snookums, I like teasing Robbie he's like a bruvver to me. Same sense of humo(u)r as mine own bruvvers.

But seriously, I forgot to say this is an amazing photo of an amazing scene. Well done, Robbiel! and to say that the Cedars and Cypresses and all their cousins really take a very very very very long time decaying, even submerged. It is one of their best features, like Robbie's sunglasses or Jenny's patience. lolz.

robryan

What a fine mix!! I've got to wonder how an Aussie tree got mixed up in that lot though!!

dondi

I'm with Chickie - amazing they haven't decayed. Presumably, as a member of the juniper family, they don't get that big, or I'd think they'd be highly sought after for building.

Robbiel

Thank you SMor, glad you enjoyed it.

Chickie they are amazing. If we cut them the wood is a rich red colour and has a very strong Cedar smell. They are actually in the Juniper family, thanks.

Thanks to you too Ardy, yes I am happy too.

Did you have to bring that up David?! Thanks mate.

Thanks mate Jacques.

Sure is PK, thanks.

No it wasn't snooker, he has become quite cheeky of late! Thanks.

snooker

David, David, was that nice? :)

pkin38

Gorgeous place!!!!!

jacquescamus

beautiful picture

david06520

You keep talking about a low tide, are you sure it wasn't that belly-flop you did off the dock yesterday?

ringleader

Really interesting, Robbie. Thanks for sharing both the picture and the information. So relieved that the anemone are all right.

chickiemama

Wow Robbie. It's hard to believe those dead trees have not decayed over the years.

SMor2Ditto

Wonderful photo... So much detail... Thanks Robbie... And for your decent Docent coverage of your Bermuda shore line at loooooow tide.... :) :)

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