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Monday, August 30, 2010

Beach photos- Part 3- Happy Cactus Monday!

First I will say a late (9pm) Happy Cactus Monday to my CM friends, with a selection of beach succulents as my contribution! I found some amazing little plants growing right out of the sand! I am thinking of taking a pot ready for sand and a few small cuttings over there ASAP. Especially the red one you will see.

Below is another purple flower which blooms from those long runners I showed in the first batch of beach photos...it sure looks like a sort of Morning Glory, doesn't it?

A rocky little cove.

A beach succulent that turns red in the bright light...I have a second pic right under this one that is bright scarlet red...these were really neat to find. I know no names as of yet on these beachy plants...but will need to try and do some research!


A little plant just growing right out of the sand!!! Amazing!

This one below looks like the same succulent as the red ones above, that just hasn't turned red yet...but this one has little round balls on it. I am wondering if the leaves start out round, and elongate over time...Interesting!

Here are a few scraggly looking plants growing directly out of sand.



As I was leaving, I decided to look about for some insect life for my friend, Cindy at Bug Safari, and I found this giant darn web...

And then I found the female (due to size) Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes). Commonly known as a Banana Spider. As I was taking pictures, a guy who was nearby watching, me commented on their name and that "they get huge"! I couldn't wait to get home and find out about them. The females get much larger than the males...and their webs can be monterous in size! I actually ended up passing many more as I was leaving. Amazing what you can find in the insect world, if you take the time to look! Cindy will be proud of me...even though I haven't yet found a praying mantis for her here in Florida! Ha.

18 comments:

Evelyn said...

Happy Cactus Monday. Lovely photos, must be a nice day at the beach. I love those succulents that turn red. Really lovely.

Penny said...

Isnt it amazing how much more we can find when we have a camera in our hand.

Darla said...

Very nice...love the red stemmed sedum looking plant.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

HCM. Your Beach Safari was interesting. I have never seen such a web before. Wonderful.

Pokeberry Mary said...

Gosh I have a photo of the same little purple flower taken on the beach at Anna Maria Island last week. Too funny. I'm hoping I can post some photos today--so far my PC is not taking well to the WIFI available at the various places we've been this week. I'm excited it works right now.. hope it keeps up. ;)

Teri C said...

Wow you found some beautiful and amazing things!!!!

❤HCM❤ a wee bit late

Snippety Gibbet said...

Hey, Miss Julie...... Such a day at the beach you had! I could do without the spidery things.

Thank you so much for keeping up with me. I've been quite M.I.A. this summer, and feel badly that I haven't been attentive to the blog world.

I'll be anxious to try adding the gelatin to my yogurt. I like my yogurt as it is, but I wouldn't mind it being a little more firm.

jan

Bobbie Lynn said...

Wow Julie! that is amazing what you can find at the beach. You have some interesting spiders there and big too. Thanks for sharing.

studio lolo said...

Julie Julie Bo-Boolie, Banana fana bo billie!! (are you old enough to know the name game reference?)

Anyway, the plant with the red tones is an ice plant. They grow all over Monterey County beaches. The deer love them because even in a drought they hold enough water to let them drink.

I have been such a spotty blogger friend. Even though I don't stop by much I do love and appreciate you!!

xoxox
Lolo♥

cjnay234 said...

I like the cove pic!
Not many of those in the midwest!

Rainforest Gardener said...

Great pictures! That morning glory is actually a railroad vine! The vines shoot straight out like railroad tracks and help stabilize the dunes... you can find some seeds to plant if you look hard enough...

Mandy said...

How pretty! I really like the red one!! Thank you for inviting me to Cactus Monday...I meant to participate yesterday, but didn't get home until after 9 and had groceries to put away. I'll try again next Monday!

Julie said...

Thankyou Rainforest and Lolo for the ID's!!! This is great news. I would not think an ice plant would grow here and I am so happy as I saw them in California and loved them so much!!!
The Railroad vine is awesome!

Cindy said...

You know, I was looking specifically for the spiders in this post, and somehow I missed them(??)
But now I am seeing them, finally :P

These are very similar to the ones who's silk they made a golden tapestry out of. (Remember that post?)

Anyway, thank you for thinking of me :)

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You found some really cool succulents at the beach. Love the red one. That spider is so huge and what an amazing web! Looks like rope!

marianne said...

Wow succulents on the beach!!!!!
And Kansa we will keep this mind......although a beachy area would be my fav ;)

Have a nice day dear!

Arasu said...

The red colored succulent plants and the railroad vine flower look beautiful! Interesting collection of beach photos!

yoon see said...

Lovely shots of insects, succulents, spider web......
thanks and the beach look so interesting and you must had lots of fun yeah Julie!