Spring flowers part 2

Mountain azalea (Rhododendron canescens)

Osceola's plume (Stenanthium densum)

Swamp sneezeweed (Helenium pinnatifidum)



One small part of my job involves going to various places at night to listen for calling frogs and toads. While this is interesting on its own, I really like all the other things that I can hear and sometimes see along the way. Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing two owls.

Eastern Screech Owl (Otus asio)

Barred Owl (Strix varia)



Spring flowers part 1

Yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium sp.)

Dwarf violet iris (Iris verna)

Fetterbush lyonia (Lyonia lucida)

Carolina frostweed (Helianthemum carolinianum)

Florida anisetree (Illicium floridanum)

Trailing phlox (Phlox nivalis)

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

Hairy-flower spiderwort (Tradescantia hirsutiflora)

Bluejacket (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Roundleaf bluet (Houstonia procumbens)

Early blue violet (Viola palmata)

Primrose-leaved violet (Viola primulifolia)

Bog white violet (Viola lanceolata)

Evening trumpetflower (Gelsemium sempervirens)


Spring serpents

It's that time of year again when all sorts of interesting things come out of the woodwork and move around where I can see them. After a winter of rarely seeing any snakes, it's refreshing and exciting to begin seeing them again.

Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)

Rough Earth Snake (Virginia striatula)

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri)

Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius)

Not the face you'd want to see coming around the corner if you were a small snake or lizard