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.
They are well hidden in this field of Bracken Fern, along with a couple of other wildflowers.
The stalks of the Pinebarren Aster, also known as Whitetop Aster, have multiple groups of flowers which make for a great photo subject.
Sometimes nature just gives you an unexpected surprise now and then, sometimes nature gives you a rarity
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.
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.
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!
Just one of many sweat bees… the Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee is another Florida important pollinator.
There are over 44 species of this sweat/ halictid bees, I am still searching to find more information about this particular one.