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by Pamela Brietberg Words and Photography by a naturalist

Stabilizing beauty…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 1, 2014


Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis), aka Cucumber-leafed Sunflower was found at the south end of the Galt Mile stretch of the Ft. Lauderdale beach, at the Oakland Park Blvd. entrance to the beach. This is a plant that endures a setting of frequent drought and salt. Stabilizing rapidly, this beautiful flower becomes a sizeable groundcover, helping control beach erosion.

Sun on the beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sun on the beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Groundcover of Beach Sunflower, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Groundcover of Beach Sunflower, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Beach Sunflower bloom, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Beach Sunflower bloom, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

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All kinds of weather…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 1, 2014


Stormy, sunny day; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Stormy, sunny day; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Emergent succulent…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 1, 2014


This image shows new Sea Purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum), a salt-loving, heat tolerant vine that easily anchors in sand dunes and beaches. The stalk is red when exposed to salt and sand; both of which were plentiful at this location, Lauderdale by the Sea’s beach. The pink flowers had not yet developed, but will be present year-round once the plant matures. More and more green space is appearing on the beach as erosion efforts have become more “natural”.

Sea Purslane , copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sea Purslane , copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Sparkling energy…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on August 31, 2014


Time to share some of my summer’s images from Florida’s Atlantic coastline. Each day, sometimes each hour, presented new perspectives of the beach, water and sky, along with the wildlife within these environments. I am a novice naturalist here; I am feeling waves of fresh energy realizing the learnings from my observation, I have yet to understand. Could this be the truth in why so many elder “retire” to the coast; to gain fresh energy, insight, and experiences?!?!

 

Energy filled ocean waters; copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Energy filled ocean waters; copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Sunlit Atlantic Ocean by Ft. Lauderdale, Florida;  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sunlit Atlantic Ocean by Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Summer produce…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on August 28, 2014


 

Fruit full tree, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Fruit full tree, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Crabapple? fruit on village tree, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Crabapple? fruit on village tree, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Pretty persistence…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on August 28, 2014


Submissively aggressive, the Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), has several heavy-duty survival traits. This perennial is quick to spread in the garden, yearly claiming wider and wider territories. If that trait is not enough for its survival, each flower has the ability to move around its base stem when brushed. Passersby, accidently too close, will not harm the flower, ensuring the plants ability to be a prolific seed producer, ensuring future new plants. Try it, the next time you encounter Obedient Plant; see how easy it is to move the location of the flowers around its base!

 

Obedient Plant, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Obedient Plant, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Day of rest…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on August 13, 2014


This Bumble Bee is waiting out the cool drizzle on this atypical 63-degree (F) August afternoon. Wrapped tightly around the Joe Pye Weed stem, it rests until the sun shines and wings are once again dry.

Bumbe Bee resting on Joe Pye Weed copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Bumbe Bee resting on Joe Pye Weed copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

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Bending the rules…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 28, 2014


Warm, moist habitat provide ideal conditions for atypical plant growth. Typical of elementary science learnings, plant growth does not always follow the same path for success. The Strangler Fig (there are several varieties) tree shown in these images is an example of a rule bender.

Once upon a time, deposited high up in a host tree, perhaps by a passing bird, a sticky seed began to grow. This Strangler Fig seed used the moist tropical air to grow, sending roots downward, eventually reaching the ground. The earth-bound roots were able to allow the seed to grow into a self-sufficient tree, sending many roots and branches around its host tree. Though the Fig did not exactly strangle its host, it did grow large enough to take over the water, sunlight, and air (CO2) supply resulting in the host tree’s demise and eventual departure from the scene.

 

Heart shaped Fig roots, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Heart shaped Fig roots, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Strangler Fig roots copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Strangler Fig roots copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 27, 2014


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Joys in new learnings…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 26, 2014


Last summer I posted a request for help with identifying this oft seen flowering vine along the shore of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The flower resembles a petunia, but the leaves do not seem to belong to the flower I know by this name. My appetite for learning about this environment, so different from Chicago, has me slowly concocting a Southern Florida reference section to our library. In spite of seemingly limitless internet reference sites, I find I still turn to old-fashioned BOOKS as a way to double-check my online learning. (Besides BOOKS are great when one is not “connected”). Now my job becomes matching my observations to specific referenced species.

Meet the Railroad Vine a native to southern Florida beaches, unlike myself. This plant is actually a variety of Morning Glory. The long vine and succulent leaves help this plant thrive amidst the strong winds and inconsistent moisture of beaches and dune. Blooms, typical of its family, open in the morning and last only one day. However, this vine is prolific in flower production, so each morning new flowers open to bring tropical color to the otherwise neutral beach setting.

 

Railroad Vine copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Railroad Vine copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Railroad Vine on beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Railroad Vine on beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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