A few species of water pennywort, Hydrocotyle spp., are common in sunny ponds and sandy dunes around here. A colleague of mine, Heather Joesting, studies their ecophysiology, and if I remember, I’ll update this post with a species name. For now, we can enjoy the clear, ephemeral water and its flora.
Some more Red Cedar, or Juniper, at Skidaway. At least I think… I took the photograph of the scaly leaf at the park, but can’t remember what tree/shrub it was attached to….
I found a Diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, outside of my apartment in May. Well… Amos really found her, but I made the catch and provided the identification.
She was likely gravid and was setting out to lay her eggs outside of the salt marsh adjacent to my apartment. While I prepared my camera, I placed her on the patio with Rocky, my Eastern Box Turtle, who promptly mounted the terrapin…
Also known as sea oxeye, Borrichia frutescens is a perrenial sunflower that grows at Skidaway Island State Park and blooms throughout most of June. It grows in abundance adjacent to channels within the salt marsh.