Gaillardia at Arch Creek Memorial Park

"Gaillardia at Arch Creek Memorial Park"

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ARCH CREEK MEMORIAL PARK, FL

This is a photo of Gaillardia or Blanket flower was taken at Arch Creek Memorial Park in North Miami, Florida using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 60mm lens.

Gaillardia, the Blanket flowers, is a genus of drought-tolerant annual and perennial plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to North and South America. It was named after M. Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-century French magistrate who was a patron of botany. The common name refers to the inflorescence’s resemblance to brightly patterned blankets made by native Americans. These plants form wiry, branched stems with lanceolate to linear basal leaves. The plant grows to 112 to 2 ft (46 to 61 cm) tall, with bright daisy-like single color and bi-color blooms in shades from buff to red to brown. The flowers bloom in the summer. There are more than two dozen known species of Gaillardia. They will grow under very harsh and dry conditions, forming mounds 8–18 inches (20–46 cm) high, and will even bloom in sand along a seashore.

Arch Creek was an early settlement in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in present day North Miami. Tequesta Indians thrived here before the first Europeans arrived in the early 16th century. The name is derived from the natural limestone bridge spanning 40 feet (12 m) across the creek. It is part of the Arch Creek Memorial Park at 1855 Northeast 135th Street, on Biscayne Boulevard. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 1986.              

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    15 Thoughts to “Gaillardia at Arch Creek Memorial Park”

    1. Sandy4523

      Love your photography

    2. mikesch

      This ist not Gerbera, this is some Gaillarda-species
      (Gaillarda aristata ?). Nice photo though!

    3. Alan S. Hochman

      Thanx for the info. I’ll have to check it out later as I’m late for a photoshoot.

    4. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you so much for the info. You were right on the money. It is Gaillardia Aristata.

    5. Gail

      Impressive indeed Alan

    6. MaxAiken

      Terrific photo

    7. Isabel Esteve Bertomeu

      Beautiful flowers

    8. Alan S. Hochman

      Wow Isabel, you are a “regular” on the site. As always, Thank you.

    9. Andrew.G

      Wow Alan. Great photo

    10. Kenny7

      You know what your doing. Here is the proof!

    11. SandyG

      Impressive indeed Alan

    12. BeeHive.121

      Alan, You got treal alent

    13. Kenneth

      Lovely photo

    14. Raymond.F

      great wildlife photography

    15. Wendy

      Lovely – as are all your photos!

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