This is a view of the Apalachicola River from Alum Bluff which rises about 140 feet above the river. One of the highest points along the river, Alum Bluff is 172.5 feet above sea level.
You can see this view by hiking the Garden of Eden Trail at the Nature Conservancy's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve located near Bristol, Florida.
Pine flatwoods and swales are found on the landward side of coastal dunes.
View the panorama.In early fall, Blazing Stars (Liatris spicata) predominate in the savanna landscape.
Butterweed (Packera glabella) is spectacular mixed in with cypresses and tupelos along the Apalachicola River floodplain.
This expanse of butterweed (Packera glabella) was an unexpected surprise as we were hiking under the interstate to reach another destination.
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This stand of Chapman's Rhododendron (Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii) is on private property.
This beautiful scene of planted wildflowers (Coreopsis basalis and Phlox drummondii) was alongside a highway near Lee, Florida.
View the panorama.Mountain laurels (Kalmia latifolia) and Florida Flame Azaleas (Rhododendron austrinum) overhang a sandy bottom creek on private property.
After a prescribed burn, Crowpoison (Stenanthium densum) and other vegetation thrive in this fire-dependant ecossytem in the Apalachicola National Forest. The hazy background is from smoke of other burns that were occurring on the day this scene was photographed.
This lone bald cypress was lit by the evening sun and early moonrise.
These dwarf cypresses (Taxodium ascendens) are beginning to show their fall color.
False Foxglove (Agalinis sp.) is most spectacular in areas that have been recently burned.
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This glorious expanse of False Foxglove (Agalinis sp.) covered several acres of a savanna along a roadside in the Apalachicola National Forest.
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Cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) line the margin of a pond covered by water lilies.
Pineland False Sunflowers (Phoebanthus tenuifolius) display their glory in early summer in the Apalachicola National Forest.
Tracy's Dewthreads (Drosera tracyi) glisten as the sun sets at one of our favorite pitcherplant savannas. The pitcherplants are a red form of the Yellow Pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava).
View the panorama.By late summer, pitcherplants (Sarracenia spp.) are surrounded by grasses and wildflowers which become the dominant elements of the savannah.
Rock Hill Preserve is a Nature Conservancy property.
These rocky outcrops, an unusual geologic feature in Florida, are an indicator of a unique habitat that hosts many rare and endangered plant species such as the Nuttall's Rayless Goldenrod (Bigelowia nuttallii) that is in the foreground.
This property in Washington County is protected by The Nature Conservancy. Because of its fragility, the presrve is not open to the general public.
This panorama of white sand Florida scrub habitat was taken on some private land that is literally surrounded by residential housing, The large bushes are Florida Rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides). Many of the surrounding landowners still make unsuccessful attempts at growing grass lawns!
of trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) was taken at a newly protected piece of property at Wolf Creek near Cairo, Georgia.
Trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) cover several acres of some private land near Cairo, Georgia. It is believed to be the largest population of trout lilies in the southeastern United States.
This spectacular scene of trout lilies came very close to being a memory when the landowner was preparing to develop the land. Fortunately, the landowner was co-operative in working with concerned citizens to arrange its purchase.
As you walk through these waist-high vanillaleaf flowers (Carphephorus odoratissimus), you can smell the faint essence of vanilla. The aromatic basal leaves were once collected to flavor pipe tobacco.
Wildflowers (Liatris sp.) and grasses (Aristida stricta) are most spectacular after a fire. This photo was taken in late September after this private property was burned in June.
View the panorama.Wiregrass (Aristida stricta) is a fire-dependent grass that thrives in areas such as St. Joseph Bay Preserves where prescribed burns are an extremely important part of land management.
This yellow moss covered several acres of a recently burned area. It totally disappeared from view within a few days.