This is the time of year that the Fireflag plants are in full bloom. And no one enjoys those luscious purple blossoms more than the iridescent Purple Gallinules! I love to watch them balancing along the narrow Fireflag stems, as if on a tightrope . . . just to get at those yummy flowers.
Strolling along this boardwalk path at Corkscrew Swamp, surrounded by the abundant Southeastern Sunflowers, was a highlight of the morning – What a DELIGHT! 🌻🌻🌻🌻
On the top right, petals from the Pond Apple tree fall into the water and make a lovely pink and white display. Bottom right, the graceful, hanging Fireflag blossoms are a favorite snack of the Purple Gallinules. iNaturalist experts confirmed for me that the plant on the left is Kosteletzkya Pentacarpos, or Saltmarsh Mallow, which […]
It’s hard to believe that these very same tree islands were bustling with noisy (and sometimes smelly 😏) nesting wood storks, herons, and egrets of all shapes and sizes just two months ago. Almost everyone has moved on. This morning the boardwalks were empty and quiet and the ponds were utterly still. What a tranquil time to […]