March 31, 2013
Drove out to South Lido Park this morning in time for the sunrise. I love the early morning light but usually don’t inflict my sunrise and sunset photos on people. I’m sneaking this one in, though. . . . The red mangrove is one of my favorite trees, as you know if you’ve been looking at my photographs for very long. Red mangroves and early sun, now there’s a combination. . . . For years I’ve wondered what these plants (see third photo) are, and today I finally did some research. I remembered a similar-looking northern plant that my biologist husband says is a portulaca. So Googling Florida portulaca I see that this one is sea purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum). While the colorful stems are what interest me, the leaves are edible. One web site says the plant has been used to treat scurvy. . . . Sometimes when the sun hits ripples in water, it seems to create a lens. Do you agree? Do you know why that might be so?