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

 

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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

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

Just one of many sweat bees… the Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee is another Florida important pollinator.

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

There are over 44 species of this sweat/ halictid bees, I am still searching to find more information about this particular one.