Here is what Discovery Magazine’s April 2011 issue had to say about the mangrove :
Mangroves are survivors, due to elaborate root systems that sprawl above and below the waterline. These so-called walking trees coolly shrug off extreme heat and muddy topsoil deficient in oxygen and filter the salty waters of southern Florida and tropical Southeast Asia, where the majority of the 73 known mangrove species live. Mangroves also help other species survive, forming dense forests that shelter monkeys, kangaroos, and tigers as well as shellfish and brightly colored corals. Even humans benefit as impoverished coastal communities exploit the tree for food, lumber, and medicine. But mangrove forests are dwindling. Relentless deforestation and powerful tropical storms have reduced their numbers since 1980, prompting ecologists to step up their investigations into the unique ability of mangroves to survive and protect their coastal environments.
The mangrove is was called the walking tree by the Aboriginal peoples that area because the way the roots seem to stand and move in the water. I noticed myself that when we boated through areas with many mangroves that it was a very spiritual experience for me and I found myself meditating on the mangrove tree, They are a wonder of our world to add to the many others! Enjoy, draw or paint a mangrove tree and keep making art!