Susan Cerulean is writing a book about this part of Florida, so Crystal and I joined her and Jeff for a couple days visit to IP and St. V. last month.
I had noticed the Railroad Vine with its Beach Morning Glory flowers right away, so I was out crawling in the sand setting up the photo (above) well before sunrise the next morning. I hadn't realized that the flowers would be still furled asleep until mid-morning, but decided they still made good (if not better) subjects when curled up. That's St. Vincent Island in the upper right.
May means the shorebirds are in full breeding plumage - much more showy than most of the year. I saw (or noticed) my first Red Knot - a red-breasted sandpiper. The little Sanderling boys dominated with their battling and posturing all up and down the beaches. We saw many other sandpipers, egrets, herons, oystercatchers, terns and gulls, eagles and osprey... and the list goes on.