A damselfly enjoying the lawn in Jacksonville Beach, FL
Location: St. Augustine city dock
While out on the marsh side with my girlfriends.
Caught them in flight.
Birds were having a feeding frenzy. A gull landed on its back after diving.
Common gull on St. George.
A cultivated plant in a yard near our rental. First time I've seen fruit on a cycad.
Strolling the beach - I want to make corner artwork from this picture.
Great swimmer and jumper.
Grant caught this little guy midday in the pool at the rental house.
This one got caught in a beach chair. They were very busy after it rained.
Spotted on a boardwalk while walking Frisco.
Guarding the pool at our rental, "The Sooner, the Better".
Along Highway 65 going through the National Forest and Tate's Hell.
tiny plant growing in sandy mowed area
tiny plant growing in sandy mowed area.
growing as large bush in sandy area near beach
in sand dunes
Common tree in mixed pine-hardwood forest in/around Bayou Marcus Wetlands boardwalk.
Just a few plants were seen in/adjacent to the wetland at Bayou Marcus Wetlands boardwalk.
I'm not familiar enough with Florida wetland plants to be confident of this ID. I thought this might be Tropical pickerelweed (Pontederia rotundifolia), but I certainly hope it is not. The leaves of this emergent aquatic plant are about 2" to 4" across. This patch of plants was photographed along the boardwalk in ~freshwater in the Bayou Marcus Wetlands near Pensacola, FL. I couldn't find any flowers. I can't find it in any of the common Florida wetland guides.
Moderately common in flooded wetland/detention area at Bayou Marcus Wetlands.
Based on the elongate shape and the details of the hinge, this small clam (width ~20mm, height ~15mm) appears to be a very young Sunray Venus (Macrocallista nimbosa). I can't seem to match it to anything else. ID help would be appreciated.
A familiar plant to me from Texas, this small cluster of "rattlebean" is apparently at the extreme E edge of its mapped range on BONAP:
Photographed at the E end of the county park on Navarre Beach (bay side), about 0.4 mi E of the FL 399 causeway.
Shell length ~23mm. This has about 12 flattened whorls, each with three beaded ridges. I'm trying to make it into a Turritella but it doesn't match anything in my field guide. Wondering instead if this is a Cerithiopsis? Found in drift on the outer beach.
The characteristic grass of the primary dunes.
Growing among other wetland plants (Carex, etc.) on the barrier island in silty sand in a shallow, periodically-flooded detention pond which had standing water in it from overnight rain.
Fairly common in loose sand on the barrier island.
I thought I was going to be able to ID this sandbur on the loose sand of the coastal barrier island easily due to the size of the plant and burs but I can't separate C. pauciflorus and C. tribuloides from these photos. The decumbent stems were nearly 3 ft long and the burs were larger than what I see on the abundant C. incertus at home.
Abundant in loose sand on the barrier island.
Although two species of mole crab are reported to occur on the gulf side of Florida, I'm having no success finding any info on how to distinguish the two, E. benedicti and E. talpoida. It appears that benedicti should be the more numerous/expected species in the Florida panhandle*, but I don't want to play probabilities without further information.
* Tam et al., 1996, Marine Biology 125:489-497. http://tinyurl.com/q6aq5bd
Efford, 1976, Crustacea 30:169-183. [Viewed on JSTOR.]