Eastern Silver Aster

I first saw this flower it was in the Withlacoochee State Forest working on an article about wildflowers. I didn’t take much notice then until I saw it at Big Pine. After taking a few macro shots of this flower it opened a whole new mystery!

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Eastern Silver Aster | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

I am fascinated by this flower, there is so much going on, such an interesting design. The tulip cupped that opens to have the anther expand, it’s amazing!

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Eastern Silver Aster | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

It was a little windy while I was taking photos, so it was hard to get a good macro shot. I would love to have a digital microscope to explore this flower in depth.

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Eastern Silver Aster | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden
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Eastern Silver Aster | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

Links:

Click to access Symphyotrichum_concolor.pdf

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

Rain Lily | Fairy Lily

This lily popped up days before I saw it.. just this single little white flower with hints of pink on the petals was all alone across from the Big Pine Tract.

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Rain Lily or Fairy Lily  | Alice Mary Herden | Big Pine Tract  {12/04/2018}

Even though these lillies commonly bloom during spring and summer, there are rare occassions they bloom in December.


Here’s a couple links to find out more infomration about the Fairy Lily

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/rain-lily.html

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2010/01/atamasco-rain-lily-zephyranthes.html

Scarlet Calamint

Exploring a new territory, Citrus Wildlife Management Area, while the weather is fantastic and before hunting season begins.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Known either by Red Basil, Scarlett Savory, or Scarlet Calamint….. blooming in spring and late fall, these beautiful clusters of flowers can be seen throughout the CWMA and with their color bursts of red scattered about, they give a nice visual break within the earth tones.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Unfortunately  I didn’t have my macro with me, which reminds me to always have it now. Would have loved to get some close up shots of the flowers and leaves.


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/calamintha-coccinea

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/search?q=red+flowers

 

Hunchback Bee Fly

First time I have seen this fly at Chassahowitzka WMA, at first I thought it was a Robber Fly. So with a little bit of research, I found this to be a Hunchback Bee Fly.

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Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018

I think this Bee fly is a little big for that juvenile Green Lynx spider, got to give it credit for its encouragement.

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Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018
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Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018

So from what I read… These flies gather towards yellow colored flowers. The flower above is a Leavenworth’s Tickseed..

Flies like this Hunchback Bee Fly are great pollinators and rarely get the credit they deserve. So here’s to all those Hunchback Bee Flies.. “You are appreciated!”

 


Links

https://eyeonnature.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/hunchback-bee-fly/

 

Bitterweed

A field of yellow sunshine, even though it’s called a weed!

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Bitterweed | September 11 | Chassahowitzka WMA

Started blooming late August and into September. These wildflowers are thriving in open sandy areas.

Fun fact: The Plant Atlas has a sample of this flower picked by J. D. Ray Jr. on October 14, 1959 along U.S 41  what was then called Chinsegut Wildlife Refuge.


Links:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/SpecimenDetails.aspx?PlantID=2883
https://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Helenium%20amarum