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 11⁄2 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.