Jeff VanderMeer on the beauty and weirdness of Florida

From the Los Angeles Times (July 22, 2016)
By Jeff VanderMeer

algae

“In Tallahassee in the mid-1990s I once tried to save a huge snapping turtle before a car could hit it — in the middle of a raging thunderstorm — only to wind up desperately hanging onto its shell for dear life so I wouldn’t get bit while people slowly drove past looking at me like I was crazy. Then there was the time when, as a kid, my mom asked me to go retrieve a colorful buoy out on some mud flats in the Florida Keys and I sunk into the goo to my waist and had to be hauled out with a rope. And all too recently I opened my car trunk to an eruption of fungi after a thunderstorm and was so unnerved I drove off with my pant leg caught in the door and in the middle of driving started screaming because I thought some animal was in the car with me.”

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Image: “This summer, Florida beaches have been troubled by a massive algae bloom. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)”

 

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