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Stay at home and outdoor exercise during Covid leads to backyard & bicycle botany

Welcome to the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Newsletter May 2020 edition.

Stay at home orders and self-quarantine to prevent the spread of Coronavirus has disrupted everyone's routines this spring. Virginia & I were lucky in that our family spring camping trip to Paynes Prairie State Park was the week before all the Florida state parks closed and self-quarantines were implemented. Now group meetings are being done online and trips to the gym are replaced with walks on the beach and bicycle rides. However, this does not preclude either botanizing or photography, both of which I have been able to indulge in during these unusual times.

The bees alerted me that the yaupon holly was blooming. The tiny flowers are easily overlooked, and I probably would have done so if it had not been for the heavy traffic of pollinators heading in and out of our lone yaupon tree. Finally a morning with relatively light winds allowed for some close ups of the female flowers.

 Yaupon holly, female flower
I don't know where the nearest male yaupon plant is, but apparently it is close enough as we have had berries on our yaupon tree in previous years.

Another native plant in the yard is a pretty sprawling ground cover known as powderpuff. This year the powderpuffs seemed to be particularly prolific.

 Powderpuff flowers rising above the feathery leaves
Mimosa strigillosa is one of the five Florida Mimosa species, all having pink flowers in globular clusters and pinnately compound leaves. Also called sunshine mimosa it does not have prickles, unlike the otherwise similar sensitive-briars.

Bicycling for excersise also provided botanical opportunities. This native plant is Virginia pepperweed, and it was one of the many little wildflowers along the A1A portion of the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

 Virginia pepperweed, immature fruit, a flower and buds
I have often noticed pepperweed in various locations, but usually after it has finished flowering and the distinctive fruit have matured.

Along the North Peninsula State Park section of the A1A trail was beach morning glory, which is also found on the dunes.

 Beach morning-glory and bur clover
This is just one of the many morning-glory species that can be found in Florida.

Read more about Backyard and Bicycle Botany during Quarantine, including what those tiny yellow flowers are next to the morning glory, at the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Backyard and Bicycle Botany during Quarantine blog post .
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Now that people are going out in public again, you will still be wanting to wear a face mask for both your safety and others. That doesn't mean that they can't look good. Here are a couple of photos that I thought worked nicely, but you can choose any of the images at paul-rebmann.pixels.com on a face mask, all only $13 each.


And when you do head back to the gym, this is the perfect time to have your own yoga mat.
Any image at paul-rebmann.pixels.com can be printed on a yoga mat. Some of the photos that I think work best can be seen at www.wildflphoto.com/yoga
These are full length mats, nice and thick and hold up well, I have been using one for years.

Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Paul Rebmann
Wild Florida Photo
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Twitter @WildFlPhoto

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