Friday was my birthday, so I took the afternoon off from work and headed out to spend the rest of the day in my favorite environment, engaged in a favorite activity. Kay and I drove to the Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve a few miles from out house, Camera in hand...
I brought only my 150mm macro lens, planning to shoot the northeast Florida wildflowers that would, no doubt, be arriving in abundance after the wet, warm weather of the previous day. I hadn't planned on the huge, remarkably fast flock of Tree Swallows that was all over the pine flat. Wrong lens to shoot them, but I did get one lucky shot off (above), as a solo speed-burner zipped by... then on to the wildflowers.
The yellow guy above is a bud-heavy goldenaster. They are everywhere in the piney flatlands and in many local lawns right now. The opening blossom is about 1/4 inch in diameter.
This last one,as near as I am able to guess, is a dwarf huckleberry. Beautiful little quarter-inch white bell-shaped blossoms on stems covered with bright green, waxy leaves. More north FLorida wildflower images can be found on my website here.