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Bidens mitis - Marsh Beggartick by rd Erickson

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Bidens Mitis is found growing in the rich soil around ponds and lakes. Alligator Lake, where this image was taken, in north Florida, Columbia County, at the edge of Lake City, has dried almost completely in the north end of the lake. Only a very small trickle of a stream still meanders from a few large ponds to the sink hole that swallowed all the rest of the water. Earlier in the year, the lake is filled with Yellow Lotus, in the fall, the Marsh Beggartick takes to the stage with a brighter yellow. it grows nearly 5 feet high, with most of the plants averaging three to 4 feet. each golden yellow blossom has eight petals, unless having lost one. the book says 8 to eleven petals, all i saw had eight.

the bumble bees were everywhere going from flower to flower, along with the monarch butterfly’s, buckeyes, gulf fritillary, and one red admiral.

Alive and well with a BFA from the University of Florida. As an artist I chose watercolors until I fell in love with the camera and the ability to create digital abstracts on the computer. These are not simply push a button creations, but often hours of work manipulating layers, twisting, turning, cropping, coloring, and merging.

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  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamabout 5 years ago

    How very lovely, beautifully captured rd!!!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous wildflower…and such a beautifully composed shot! Great info as well!

  • Thank you, thank you. much as I don’t walk through the mud much anymore, these were there and no way around.

    – rd Erickson

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeabout 5 years ago

    FEATURED October 2009

  • Thank you, thank you.

    – rd Erickson

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

  • MischaC
    MischaCalmost 5 years ago

    Another lovely capture! Congrats on the well-deserved features!

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