Moonflower, a native species in some of its U.S. distribution, has been added to the USWildflowers database (01/10/2018.) Scientific name is Ipomoea alba. Photo below was taken at the Venice Rookery in Sarasota County, FL on Dec 12, 2017. Go to the Moonflower detail page for more information and photos.
Moonflower – Ipomoea alba
Christmasberry – Native Plant of the Day 12/25/2017
Photo from 12/21/2011. Location: De Soto National Monument, Manatee County, FL.
More photos / info at the Lycium carolinianum detail page.
Christmasberry, Carolina Wolfberry, Carolina Desert-thorn, Creeping Wolfberry – Lycium carolinianum
Wild Poinsettia – Native Plant of the Day 12/24/2017
Photo from 12/22/2011. Location: Coquina Baywalk on Leffis Key, Manatee County, FL.
More photos / info at the Euphorbia cyathophora detail page.
Wild Poinsettia, Fire on the Mountain, Painted Euphorbia, Desert Poinsettia – Euphorbia cyathophora
Dune Sunflower – Native Plant of the Day 12/23/2017
Photo from 12/20/2011. Location: Bradenton Beach, Manatee County, FL. More photos / info at the Helianthus debilis detail page.
Dune Sunflower, Beach Sunflower, Cucumberleaf Sunflower – Helianthus debilis
Sea Purslane – Native Plant of the Day 12/22/2017
Photo from 12/19/2011. Location: Ft. De Soto County Park, Pinellas County, FL.
More photos / info at the Sesuvium portulacastrum detail page.
Sea Purslane, Sea Pickle, Shoreline Seapurslane – Sesuvium portulacastrum
Shepherd’s Needles – Native Plant of the Day 12/19/2017
Photo from 12/18/2011. Location: Sarasota County, FL.
More photos / info at the Bidens pilosa detail page.
Shepherd’s Needles – Bidens pilosa
Largeflower Mexican Clover, an introduced species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/21/2016.) Scientific name is Richardia grandiflora. Photo below was taken in Venice, Florida on Jan 20, 2015. Go to the Largeflower Mexican Clover detail page for more information.
Largeflower Mexican Clover – Richardia grandiflora
While my wife and I were in Venice, Florida for a family visit, we took the opportunity for a couple of trips down the road to the Venice Rookery. There we got to watch cormorants feasting on catfish in the pond. Here are a few photos and a video.
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Cormorant drying in the sun.
Cindy and I headed back for North Georgia before sunrise on Friday, Dec 23, so we could be back for Christmas Eve with our daughter’s family. One of the targets for the departure time was a hope that we’d make it to the rest area on the Sunshine Skyway for sunrise. It was worth the early hour. As the sun rose it gleamed off of the tall buildings of Tampa across the bay.
Tampa Bay Sunrise
I saw some news footage of snowstorm-closed roads in Kansas last night. We are *definitely* not in Kansas. Temperature was about 80 degrees, birds singing, and flowers blooming.
Florida Tasselflower - Emilia fosbergii
If the “Playful Porpoises” is what brought you here, read on.