Texture of the pines and sabal palmetto

On a slightly-cooler morning last week, Elaenia pondered pine cones, how each has its own texture. And I thought about the pine trees and sabal palmetto in the morning light and reflected on the Highwaymen painters. C9dqkjvWsAAhhrr

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Wild Coffee on the trail

cw_ku2xwgaeha8jPsychotria nervosa, a Florida native shrub, blooms usually in spring and summer and fruits in winter. The wild coffee bush has red berries from about December to March. In addition to it’s beauty, the plant attracts wildlife including cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds and spicebush swallowtail butterflies.

Beautyberry in morning light

The first light was washing into the hammock when I got this shot of a patch of beautyberry mixed in with the palmetto and brush. DSC_0026

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Through the pines

I stopped at the only somewhat-dry patches of ground to rest for a minute, and I looked out through the pines.  DSC_0107

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The Hardwoods at Virgina Key Preserve

Strangler fig along the trails at Virginia Key’s Hammock Preserve.

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Hike at Yamato Scrub

Morning glory growing up from scrub oak branches. 

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A hike after the rain cleared at Loxahatchee NWR

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“Tread Softly,” Stinging Nettle

It’s always a good idea to tread softly in nature, especially near this Florida native plant. Stinging Nettle, nick-named Tread Softly, blooms beautiful in summer, but packs a sting.

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Up in the tall slash pines

I stopped to take a water break and admire the robust, tall slash pines, some taller than 100 feet. South Florida slash pines are not normally this thick in scrub habitat. The land that is now Seacrest Scrub Natural Area was cleared in the 1920s for the growing of pineapples, and after the land was no longer farmed, the slash pines started to take over the thinner and shorter sand pines’ territory. As I took in the large pines, I looked up and saw an Osprey nearly directly above where I stood.

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Tarflower (Bejaria racemosa) in bloom

Tarflower (Bejaria racemosa), native to Florida.

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