GOPHER TORTOISE REASON ENOUGH TO PROTECT THE DUNES.

SWALLOWTAILS SWARM THE OHOOPEE RED BASIL.

OHOOPEE RED BASIL. STILL BLOOMING IN OCTOBER

UNKNOWN THIN DESERT LOOKING PLANT.

EXTREMELY THIN UNKNOWN FLOWER.

LIATRIS IN BLOOM, PLANTS JUST AS ATTRACTIVE AS FLOWERS. 3-4 FEET TALL ON VERY WIRE-LIKE STEMS.

UNKNOWN. GOLDENROD? A BIT SUCCULENT LIKE A EUPHORBIA.

BOG AREA JUST BELOW ONE OF THE DUNES JUST OFF THE OHOOPEE RIVER.

ABANDONED GOPHER TORTOISE HOLE.

SAND IS AS WHITE AS OCEAN SAND ANYWHERE.

SCRUB OAKS COVERED WITH MOSS.

EVEN MUSHROOMS ARE DIFFERENT HERE, ATTACHED WITH FOUR "FEET".

I HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE OHOOPEE DUNES NATURAL AREA SINCE I WAS LESS THAN FIVE YEARS OLD. THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THE GIANT SAND DUNES AND THE SCRUB OAKS WITH SANDY DESERT LIKE AREAS ADJACENT TO AREAS OF LUSH VEGETATION. THIS IS THE LAND OF TWO GREAT GRANDPARENTS AND MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDMOTHER, A FULL BLOODED CHEROKEE INDIAN WHO IS BURIED LESS THAN 1/2 MILE FROM THE OHOOPEE DUNES WMA.    OHOOPEE DUNES RED BASIL BLOOMS IN ABUNDANCE.  WILD LIATRIS WITH THIN GRASS LIKE FOLIAGE FLOWS GENTLY IN THE WIND. THIN WIRE-LIKE PLANTS BLOOM OF WHICH I CAN FIND NO DESCRIPTION. STUDIED BY SEVERAL UNIVERSITIES THIS IS TRULY A UNIQUE SETTING WITH UNIQUE FLORA. AND IT PROTECTS THE GOPHER TORTOISE AND INDIGO SNAKE, TWO OF MY FAVORITE CREATURES SINCE I WAS A YOUNG BOY.







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