Once again, I am awed by nature. This morning walking on the beach I saw this lovely little purple snail shell; during my walk I found about six more of them. They seemed to be blowing bubbles?! I did try to remove/pop bubbles on one, but it was clearly attached to the dear slug inside the shell, so I left it alone, except for placing it at the edge of the tide. Turns out that these Common Purple Snails live on Men of War as predators. However, when a situation arises where they detach from the Men of War then it automatically secretes a foamy pillow as a floatation device. Wow! So simple and so effective! I am humbled and impressed.
See one of my favorite reference books: Florida’s Living Beaches by Witherington, for more information.
I feel like a witnessed a design miracle today; simple and effective. And we think we’re so smart! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Common Purple Snail with UNCOMMON talents. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
My favorite Hydrangea is the “snow ball”, it brings out the kid in me. But these are wonderful too: Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Multi-blossom flowers in one bloom are one of God’s awesome miracles; layers and layers of exquisiteness.
Oak leaves and blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Oak Leaf Hydrangea buds and blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Close up of Oak Leaf Hydrangea. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.
Layers and layers of Dahlia petals. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Took a walk this morning and was stopped still by these blossoms. They appear to be the treasured tuber-growing Dahlias. Their dainty charm requires that tubers be dug and preserved carefully during cold winters and replanted in the warming spring days.
The Dahlia you brought to our isle
Your praises forever shall speak
‘Mid gardens as sweet as your smile
And colour as bright as your cheek.
–Lord Holland (1773–1840)
The flower reminds me of layers of petticoats worn in days of yore. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.
Ahhhhh……the lovely Dahlia. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg