Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dead Heads?

Live Oak Landing
Freeport, FL
December 8, 2013

 One of the first things I did when we arrived at LOL was plant a pot of violas. I love violas! All the pretty colors sitting on our picnic table just put a smile on my face. 

Today, as I was pulling off the "dead heads" ( I am not sure why I call them that!), I noticed these tiny, and I do mean teeny, tiny seed pods. 

What a wonder nature is...these tiny little seeds can make such a sweet little  flower.

This is Resurrection plant. The live oak trees here have this plant growing all over them.

 According to what I read, it evolved long before flowering plants. During drought it becomes dry, turns brown, and rolls inward to survive.

It can remain dormant for decades looking dead!  The picture below shows what it looked like when we arrived.

After a rain, it absorbs water, restores chlorophyll to its leaves, and grows rapidly. We have had lots of rain...the trees are full of this beautiful fern-like plant. Thanks Mother Nature!

 We had ourselves a walk on the beach this past Friday...spent the morning walking and breathing in some salt air. Oh the sweet smell of the ocean!



Blue Mountain Beach is one of 16 beach communities in South Walton. It is the highest elevation found on Florida's Gulf Coast. Locals say early sailors christened it Blue Mountain after seeing its high sand dunes covered in Blue Lupine.
My, my another week has already begun. What adventures await?
Until next time...
enjoy your view!


  1. Love your post today! Look at you imitating a bird, too cute!

    My Mom would take my younger sister and I on a vacation (Dad always stayed home, working) when we were young to Fort Walton. Us three would have a grand old time on the beaches there! Fond memories!

  2. Some of those violas look like what I would call Johnny Jump Ups. I've always liked those miniature-like pansies. :)

  3. My wife and I just got back from spending the month of November renting a condo on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach. This is the second year in a row we have done this to escape the miserable November weather of Canada (we took early retirement a year and a half ago).

    There is so much to do in the area - kayaking on the gulf, bays, lakes, and rivers, cycling on 30A and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, hiking through the Point Washington State Forest, and as you have found, the opportunities for photography are amazing. I sat in my kayak at Grayton Beach State Park for 20 minutes watching a heron try to eat a fish larger than it's beak, snapping away with my camera. We are really enjoying your photos. Keep them coming.

  4. I love looking at your pictures. Especially the sunshine.

  5. Love the beach there and fresh salty air.

  6. I love, love, love the ocean, the salt air and just about everything about it. It's my favorite place to be.

  7. I'm doing just that, enjoying YOUR view that is. You & Don are birds of a feather. He likes to have potted flowers on the picnic table too or a larger pot at the base of the lamp he made. And I have always called it "dead heading" too. I've never heard it called anything else. Had to laugh when I spotted the pair of gull feet, seems you & I had the same pic on the same day. I'm sorry you're experiencing all that rain, it's been missing us here. Maybe next time around you need to get a tad further south.

  8. We really enjoyed our two visits to the Panhandle. The beaches are so wide and the sand was so deep, white, and squeaky. Looks like you are having a wonderful time from your photos. We will be along the west coast this winter. Enjoy your beach time. No rocks to climb or Jeep roads here:(