Tag Archives: Florida

Moonflower – Ipomoea alba – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

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, Tropical White Morning Glory, Moon Vine, Evening Glory - Ipomoea alba

Moonflower – Ipomoea alba

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#NPOD: Christmasberry #Nativeplants

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 - Lycium carolinianum

Christmasberry, Carolina Wolfberry, Carolina Desert-thorn, Creeping Wolfberry – Lycium carolinianum

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#NPOD: Wild Poinsettia #Nativeplants

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 cyathophorar

Wild Poinsettia, Fire on the Mountain, Painted Euphorbia, Desert Poinsettia – Euphorbia cyathophora

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#NPOD: Sea Purslane #Nativeplants

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

Sea Purslane, Sea Pickle, Shoreline Seapurslane – Sesuvium portulacastrum

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Largeflower Mexican Clover – Richardia grandiflora – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

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, Largeflower Pusley, Florida Snow - Richardia grandiflora

Largeflower Mexican Clover – Richardia grandiflora

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Cormorant vs Catfish – Venice Rookery #birding #video

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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Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax autitus

Cormorant drying in the sun.

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Tampa Bay Sunrise

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

Tampa Bay Sunrise

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We’re not in Kansas Anymore – Part Three, Playful Porpoises

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 by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Florida Tasselflower - Emilia fosbergii

If the “Playful Porpoises” is what brought you here, read on.

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