|St. Augustine Amphitheater, adjacent to Anastasia State Park|
|A dead Red Bay tree stands among the dense foliage of the park|
One of the odd items this trip were the number of dead Red Bay trees, killed by an attack of Ambrosia Beetles. The infestations, first seen in nearby Duval County only five years ago, have devastated the plentiful Bay trees of the Anastasia State Park. State parks have restrictions on bringing firewood that may carry infestations from other locations to prevent introduction of diseases, but the Red Bay trees have succumbed to the pest beetle throughout the park. None of the other trees have been affected, so the canopy of the dense woods prevails throughout the park even with the numerous dead Bay trees.
I'd like to schedule another visit during a full moon of Fall. Or maybe even during the winter with the cold, Atlantic air blowing over the sand dunes. A neat place.
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