Glade Lobelia

Scattered throughout the front section of Big Pine in Brooksville, the Glade Lobelia is a welcoming speck of color throughout the area.

 

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Glade Lobelia | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

 

The first collection of this plant was on October 16, 1965, in Hernando Beach.

The Glade Lobelia grows in wet areas, however, the habitat where I took these pictures was more upland pine. Which makes me curious as to why their stalk is so thick, maybe to retain water? This is just a guess. Maybe some more digging I can find out that answer.

 

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Glade Lobelia | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

 

One thing about the Glade Lobelia is there are always these white specks on the petals, could be pollen but I am not 100% sure. If I do find out I will update this post.


Links

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=LOGL

American Germander

Monday I was cleared of an assignment, so I took off to explore the Lower Suwanee River National Wildlife Refuge.

American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden
American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden

A native wildflower, these beauties are growing everywhere at Lower Suwannee.  Nature never ceases to amaze me. The construction of these flowers is so unique.

American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden
American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden

Definitely heading back there to get more (macro) photographs.


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/teucrium-canadense

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=TECA3

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

 

Swamp Rose

Just beginning to bloom, the Swamp Rose grows along the banks of swamps and marshes, however, I have only seen these at Chassahowitzka WMA in one visible location.

Swamp Rose | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Swamp Rose | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 

Swamp Rose Leaves | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Swamp Rose Leaves | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 


Link:

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/rosa_palustris.shtml

Something special

Sometimes nature just gives you an unexpected surprise now and then, sometimes nature gives you a rarity

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Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

In nature photography, you are always looking for something out-of-place, something that catches your eye.

With Black-eyed Susan in bloom, I look for a variety of insects to photograph in macro, well upon approaching this particular flower I noticed something odd, it was strange, fantastically strange.

Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

Yes, you are seeing this correctly, a double bud! I was totally surprised and to actually think I was going to turn around and go somewhere else, but something inside said to keep going.

 

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Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 

So this double budded Black-eyed Susan is dedicated to my sister Tara. May you always listen to your inside and keep moving forward because there is always something fantastic ahead!


Links:

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/black-eyed-susan.html

https://www.almanac.com/plant/black-eyed-susans