Summertime tends to slow me down. I look back on my younger days and wonder that I once played tennis at high noon—just for the challenge of heat and sun. Sunscreen? That term was not in my vocabulary.
These days my morning bike-rides and evening walks remind me how much I love the bayside breeze; and how much I now struggle with the summertime heat and humidity. I am a Gulf Coastie; an aging Gulf Coastie.
Long hours birding in the field will wait for cooler temperatures; but that doesn’t keep me indoors. Daytrips continue; noontime hiking (and tennis) does not.
And so this past Friday found me photographing Galveston’s post-Ike tree sculptures. As I photographed these wooden sculptures, I found my eyes drawn to the living testaments that love this island’s noontime heat and humidity: the summertime flowering plants.
I thought I’d pause from the development of sculpture photos and share a few of Galveston’s summer flowers. Aren’t they cheerful?
This last photo is an unknown flower. The bloom was tiny, on the end of one long stem, on a solo plant that I almost missed. I want to turn this flower into an orchid, but I’m not sure that is correct as I couldn’t find a similar bloom on the web. If you know the name of this lovely flower, please share: