Christopher Tozier is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the award-winning, middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely.
Here are some photos of the wildfire results out here. Fire is critical to maintaining the Florida scrub. Without fire, the trees grow tall enough to shade out the scrub plants and before you know it, you have a regular ol' forest. As bad as this looks right now, in a couple of year this will be a thriving scrub habitat again. Here are some photos of this same scrub last summer.
Here are some pictures of a female Phanaeus vindex, the rainbow scarab. These are very common dung beetles here in Florida. In Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, Olivia disturbs a large group of these beetles and they all take flight, surrounding her with iridescent colors.
Notice the individual grains of pollen on the ground
I had never noticed the fringe of hair on their scapulate nose before