September in Bloom


I’m beachcombing every chance I get.I saw lots of sea turtle eggs scattered around the beach. “Nature is not cruel, only pitilessly indifferent.” – Richard Dawkins.  I agree, but I’m still mad at the crab.Beaked butterfly pea flower.Railroad vine.I walk the same beach, but it’s never the same beach. Some days the tide is perfect for shells. Sometimes it’s just right for catching sand fleas for bait. Other days the beach is scattered with all sorts of drift seeds or sea beans, which I love. Working on identifying all the sea beans: the big smooth brown one on the left is a sea heart, hamburger beans are pretty obvious, tropical almonds look like peach pits, and the big round ones are sea coconuts or candlenuts.Red mangrove seeds. As kids these were “pencils” for writing messages in the sand.Black mangrove seed sprouting.
Mesh laundry bags make the best beachcombing bags. Sand washes right out.That large fruit didn’t have fruit inside. Might be my first “square grouper.” If that is your fruit, you’ll have to call the St. Lucie County Sheriff to claim it. At first I though this was a Portuguese man o’ war (very common around here), but I think this is a blue button jellyfish? This is a new visitor at our house. I believe it’s a large-headed anole. Larger body than the typical anoles and geckos we have, arrow-shaped head, and look at those long toes! Hangs on the window mornings and evenings. My cat enjoys it.
Look at that gorgeous katydid!We seem to have all the giant insects. Unfortunately these lubbers are out of control and can be quite destructive.That’s all for now. Hope you find some time to enjoy this lovely weather!






9 Comments September in Bloom

  1. mark September 30, 2020 at 2:42 pm


    LOVE the cover photo

    1. suwanneerose September 30, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks! iPhone, no enhancement!

  2. FRANK JOHN GOODY JR September 30, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    The crabs have their place and have to eat!! They also make good bait for Hog Fish, Sheep Head and others!!
    We finaly tried your Pinapple Fish Curry using Red Snapper; it was super!!! Thanks Frank

    1. suwanneerose September 30, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      So glad you tried the pineapple fish curry, Frank! I need to make that again soon. Hoping we catch some fish and find some stone crabs in October! Fingers crossed, no hurricanes!

  3. Nicole October 1, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Great photos! I felt like I was walking next to you during your beach walk 🙂

    1. suwanneerose October 1, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! Glad to have you along for the walk!

  4. Jane October 4, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    But why are you mad at the crab?

    1. suwanneerose October 4, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Because he had a baby sea turtle in his claws.

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