PHOTOS AND REMARKS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN NORTH FLORIDA...........JUST CLICK ON A PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT...........TO LEAVE A COMMENT JUST CLICK ON "comments" BELOW EACH PICTURE. All pictures Copyright 2001-2015 by James T. Weekes
I was inspired by Kirk Tuck to set up a studio. I have no indoor room, so I bought a background stand and two muslin background cloths. I put them against a north wall put a stool out with them. I also got an LED light which I haven't used yet. These shells needed a portrait.
I have been amazed by these plants since we moved here. In the 1990s people routinely tried to keep the beach and dunes in front of their seaside properties clear of vegetation. The dunes were very prone to erosion. Florida passed a law the prohibits injuring these plants in any way. They have incredibly deep, complex root systems, love a salt water environment, and soak up the heat. They have covered our dunes in the last 20 years and they are all but stormproof now. A hurricane hitting directly would take them out but anything less has little effect. At this time of year their seedheads are a lovely yellow and do resemble oats.
Around this time of year large sea turtles come out of the ocean at night and lay their eggs in our (their) sand dunes. We have a turtle patrol that goes up and down the beaches every day looking for the telltale tracks and marking them so people will keep away. We have had a large number this year which is great.