Images From The Trail

I almost missed spotting this Black Racer who was warming up after a cool evening.

Black Racer

Down by the dock in the water I found a tiny little white flower with the name Pineland Pimpernel.

Pineland Pimpernel

But something that really caught my eye was a pair of invasive species that were next to each other.  Peruvian Primrosewillow popped up 3 or 4 articles ago and I bring it up again because you will find it happily co-existing with another highly invasive species, the Old World Climbing Fern.

Old World Climbing Fern 2

Here is a closer shot of the fern’s leaves.  Note that some of the edges are smooth and some are deeply lobed.

Old World Climbing Fern 3

If the leaf is deeply lobed it is loaded with spores and here is a shot of the spores lining the edges of the lobes giving them a quilted look.

Old World Climbing Fern 4

The fern is a Category 1 invasive and, if you want to read more, here is a link:  http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/255

 

But enough about invasive species.  I want to leave you with an image of the Tar Flowers that are now in bloom.  They are beautiful and really worth visiting them on The Trail.

Tar Flower

That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

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6 comments on “Images From The Trail

  1. Thanks John, I love the Tarflower, always a surprise when it is found.
    Nice job with photo’s. AM

  2. anthonyvenable110 says:

    Reblogged this on anthonyvenable110 and commented:
    this is very cool with the snake in the pic

  3. This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed your photos. I love the details in the shots and the color. Great job.

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