Time on the beach, for me, includes checking out the plants on the inland edges. My newness to the area had me assuming that this thick, prolific mass was native to the area. Closer study has taught me this is not the case.
Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa) is the African relative of Florida’s native Coco Plum. Both species live on the sandy shores. Both have edible plum-like fruits. Natal Plums’s invasive character includes spine tipped leaves which are oft overlooked with focus going to their graceful year-long blooming white flowers and reddish fruit.
Worthy, strong, powerful define “valens”, the Roman origins for the name Valentine. Valentine’s Day has come to symbolize love, stemming from the martyrdom of St. Valentine. Though St. Valentine’s identity is vague and speculative, his (their) impact is profound every February 14th.
The combination of worth, strength, and power mixed with love evokes a robust image of fervent attention. Roses symbolize the love offered on Valentine’s Day. The delicate, sweet smelling flower, seemingly blushes when given as a token of unspoken as well as celebrated love. How artful for the lover to give such a gentle gift as indication of his (her) robust desire.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Prairie winds torment photographers. Dusk’s side lighting with the sky’s gentle ambient glow soothes the soul. This evening the winds were gusty as a cold front drew near and the sun began its descent. A lens shade and polarizing filter are usual additions to my lens for such settings.
Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) danced chaotically. Each petal on each bloom seemed to have its own different idea of which way to go. Don’t be fooled by the delicacy of this flower. Nature’s resilience gives strength to prairie blooms so that they can withstand the frequent and ever changing winds. Yellow Coneflower survives urbanization better than most prairie natives.