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Culpepper Ranch (Location 1) by John Bradford

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Taken by
John Bradford John Bradford
Explore score
1
Size
0.20 Gigapixels
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1188
Date added
May 31, 2011
Date taken
May 31, 2011
Categories
environmental, landscape, nature
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This gigapan highlights the Culpepper Ranch restoration project. Culpepper Ranch is a 1,200-acre parcel north of the town of Jupiter in Martin County, Florida. This project involved restoring sheet flow and hydrology by removing berms, ditches and culverts. This ditch/ berm complex was built in the 1950’s and 1960’s to rapidly drain water from the property and allow for cattle ranching. This property historically was the head waters of Cypress Creek, which is a major tributary to the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee is a US National Wild and Scenic River. Unfortunately, due to a lack of fresh water during drought conditions, salt water intrusion is causing the loss of the River’s trademark cypress swamps. By removing these ditches and raising the elevation and putting controls on the culverts, water can flow more naturally through wetlands on the property and be held during the rainy season. Then during the dry season this water can be released through Cypress Creek and into the Loxahatchee River where it will prevent salt water intrusion.

These images were taken after the project was completed but before the rainy season hits. The photos highlight cypress swamps and marshlands that were impacted by this previous drainage. Parts of the images show where the ditches and berms were leveled to promote sheet flow. Drainage caused by these ditches and berms allowed for exotic trees like Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) to completely take over the understory of the cypress swamp. As a part of this project Martin County and the South Florida Water Management District removed the exotics. Later gigapans of these sites will allow for time series analysis of how the vegetation communities shift due to these hydrologic changes. It is anticipated that water will be over a foot deep during the rainy season.


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 197 megapixels (28156 x 7004 pixels)
Input images: 27 (9 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 136.0 degrees wide by 33.8 degrees high (top=21.4, bottom=-12.4)
Settings:
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D
Image size: 4368x2912 (12.7 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-05-31 09:43:31 - 2011-05-31 09:46:36
Aperture: f/16
Exposure time: 0.0166667
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 31.4 to 34.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.0 to 30.0 percent
Computer stats: 24576 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 1:17 (2.9 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 13 seconds, Projection: 13 seconds, Blending: 51 seconds
(Preview finished in 38 seconds)

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