Today is Earth Day

Earth Day is not just about taking action to protect the earth, it’s also about protecting the species that live in it and why we need to protect them.

Florida Panthers to Trees to Bees to Sea Turtles…

Florida Panther
Florida Panther | Alice Mary Herden

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Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses

This is actually an orchid and a very unique one as well.

Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

According to the Florida Native Orchid website, it has a very interesting way not to self-pollinate.

This orchid is amazing, how it naturally twists for growth and strength but stays so very fragile.


Link: http://flnativeorchids.com/natives_gallery/spiranthes_praecox.htm

Pinebarren Aster

This is a native wildflower I haven’t seen at Chassahowitzka WMA before, as it was in a location many just look and drive by.

Bracken Fern | Alice Mary Herden | April 17
Field of Bracken Fern | Alice Mary Herden | April 17

They are well hidden in this field of Bracken Fern, along with a couple of other wildflowers.

Pinebarren Aster | Alice Mary Herden | April 11
Pinebarren Aster | Alice Mary Herden | April 11

The stalks of the Pinebarren Aster, also known as Whitetop Aster,  have multiple groups of flowers which make for a great photo subject.


Link:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/oclemena-reticulata

http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/plants/Bracken_fern/index.html