04 July 2008

Flowers at Fort Pickens

Michelle and I spent the day at Fort Pickens, just to help keep the terns and their chicks safe from the holiday crowds.

In the early morning, I did a quick run down the island to check all the plover nests, and found flowers everywhere. There was railroad vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae) all along the dunes and roadways!

I don't know what these are, though I think they're marsh pinks (Sabatia stellaris). Check out that yellow pollen! It's easier to see if you click on the photo to enlarge it.

They varied from almost white to a deep pink.

It was hard to get photos though as they were deep in the marsh.

But it was fun to try. I'll learn my way around my new camera soon.

I just need to drag my tripod out with me, and get a new lens or two!

With all this natural beauty around me, it would be a shame to lose the chance to capture it. They're even pretty from the back!

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