Sand, Surf, and Sun
A perfect trio
The Island Beach State Park experience continues. This is a state park in New Jersey, a barrier island reserved for the enjoyment of everyone. People can sunbath, surf, swim, fish, kayak, bird-watch, follow nature trails, pick wild blueberries in season, go beach-combing, or just wade in the water. Our experience is mainly fishing, but the camera is always along and there are moments of sheer delight as something wonderful presents itself.
This post is for the Friday after Memorial Day - it is always a good time to honor our veterans and currently serving military personnel and their families; they need and deserve our support.
The flowers on the island are lovely to behold. They have their special times of the year to bloom, just like in our area and everywhere, and springtime starts off the year with beach plums and wild blueberries and cherries. Summer has beach roses, trumpet vines, plantains and Marine Peas (to mention only a few). Fall shows off the goldenrod and ripening beachplums. There are also cacti, marsh mallows (a member of the hibiscus family) and phragmites (invasive marsh grass).
|I thought this wild grass was graceful and pretty against the wooden walkway.|
|Reindeer lichen - this grows on the dunes and makes a nice color accent for all the greens and browns that also grow there.|
|Plantain flower head|
|This was early spring and I'm not sure what kind of shrub this is.|
|Wild cherry tree as the fruits are ripening.|
|Wild Marsh Mallow - these are wetland flowers and love having wet feet:>) Although we see them regularly on the margins of salt marched, they are even more apt to be found growing in fresh water wetlands.|
|This is how beach plums look before they are ripe and beautifully purple. These are native plants and the fruits make wonderful jelly.|