Today is my birthday. We had a rainy and very windy night. The wind howled for hours. But we were dry and secure at anchor.
Now there is glorious sunshine. The photo above is of a miniature birthday cake for later. We are going on another long walk this morning.
Many of the plants along the trail are labeled. The red berries in one of yesterday's photos were from yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria). It was used as an emetic by native Americans. The large trees are live oaks, typical of a maritime forest.
Other plants in this habitat include red cedar and cabbage palmetto.
The Chinese tallow is an invasive species that has pretty white berries shown above. It has been called the popcorn tree for that reason. But it is invasive and outcompetes other native species.
The beach itself has the carcasses of many trees from heavy erosion. This beach is called the Boneyard by locals.
Well, enough of writing about natural history. I'm going to go enjoy some. Have a peaceful day.