Old forests tend to be burned here. Florida gets dry every once in a while and those tend to sweep all before them. Though there are some swamps with some pretty old cypress trees that no one touches because it's swampland and we tend not to drain them anymore.
And of course, can't forget that the occasional hurricane passes through and knocks over all of the old trees. Charley in '04 took out like every other old growth tree in Orlando.
Even if we did have some old forests, they wouldn't look like that here. We get so much more sunlight at this latitude that no matter how thick the canopy there's always some underbrush able to eek out a living. Granted some places it's thin enough that it starts looking like that picture of yours, but then the hurricanes or fires come by.
Ah thats very clarifying, thank you. I can only image what a hurricane does to old thee's, we have a a heavy storms ones in the tree years but it comes nowhere near your 'hurricanes'. You must have a pretty solid house then...
Pretty solid. Cinderblock construction and a decent roof. Hurricanes are more about luck, though, as sometimes a person's house can survive, and all the ones around it get knocked down. Or vice versa. That's why when they say evacuate, YOU FLIPPING DO IT. I may be heartless, but I don't have any sympathy for those who decide to stay in an evacuation zone despite being told how it's a monumentally bad idea.
Of course, Orlando is where everyone on the coast evacuates to, so not like we could go anywhere. I wish I had a decent camera then, because man some of those things I saw would've made a wicked photo album. But all I had was an el cheapo POS that couldn't take but the most crappiest pictures. Got a nicer one now, if I live long enough might see another one come through and get some pics.
But yeah, hurricanes are serious business. Land is like kryptonite to them, though, so usually it's only a problem for the coastline. Just Charley moved so dang fast it didn't have TIME to fall all the way apart.
Enough jawing! TO VICTORY! Or something. Anyway, see yas.