What could this be?
It seemed kind of lonely – no other individuals around, which makes me think it’s non-native and has been planted – but was thriving (and flowering) along the sand dunes of Little Tybee Island outside of Savannah, GA.
Not really sure what those hand signs mean, or why she was doing this… but Allison seemed to enjoy Little Tybee as much as Eva.
After enduring the wet kayak ride, Eva was happy to play in the sand.
Given that the Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana is a gynmosperm, the juniper’s berries are distinct phylogenetically and developmentally from what we commonly call fruits, including true berries.
Literally ran into a few of these recently… here’s a large (probably about four inches or the size of your hand’s palm) female Nephila sp. (I’m guessing N. clavipes from Google searches of nearby orbweavers) and one of her hopeful mates. I counted three males associated with this web, and Wikipedia claims that these spiders are often parasitized by kleptoparastic Argyrodes spiders that steal captured prey from her web.
I haven’t captured the flowers, fruits, or seeds yet, but Spartina alterniflora is the other dominant plant species in the salt marshes around Coastal Georgia.
As we approached the fountain at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, hundreds of Southern Leopard Frogs jumped into the duckweed-covered water and into the forest. That perked the dogs’ attention, particularly Eva’s, who promptly fell into the water, then rolled around in the leaves to dry off.