Because the summer is finally here, and I have some free time to do a lot of shooting, I decided to take myself off to Gulf Islands National Seashore – Davis Bayou area to explore and take some photos. Of course, I forgot to wear my sunscreen, so I just about got carted off by the misquotes and that cut my trip short. I also got a little nervous when some skeevy looking folks at the fishing pier started asking me a lot of questions about my “real nice camera.” I’ll admit to being a little on the paranoid side, but I’ve also heard that the best thing you can do when your gut starts screaming at you that something is off, you should trust it (& I’m not saying anything bad about the Davis Bayou section of GINS but it was also the site where I learned my sweet Cobbie dog could be incredibly fierce. Camping there by myself in the campground in 2007, a group of men wouldn’t leave me alone. She made it clear they needed to go on. Which isn’t saying that GINS is unsafe. It’s just saying that folks need to remain aware of their surroundings)
So I hightailed it back to the car. But not before I stumbled across some swamp hibiscus, also known as Rose Mallow. I remember passing a plant with buds on it on my way to the fishing pier, but didn’t think much of it. I also missed the blooms on my way back to the car.
I really wanted to dig a few up and bring them home for our own gardens, but that’s a no-no in state and federal parks. The good thing is that there is lots of swamp land around here; I’m sure that I can find a few somewhere to bring home to remind me of the wildness that lurks very nearby.