Strolling on Pensacola Beach

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Pensacola Beach is one the sugar sand beaches along the panhandle of Florida. It is a good place for quiet stroll.
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An Anchor with Color

Beach morning glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae
Beach morning glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae, is a pioneer species that works with sea oats to anchor dunes. The bright green leaves and the purple flowers provide a brilliant contrast to the white sugar sand of Grayton Beach.
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Waiting


Beach chairs, umbrellas, water and a sugar sand beach just waiting for the fun to begin. Grayton Beach in the Florida panhandle is a great place to relax and enjoy the beach.
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Sea Oats


The coastal dune systems are incredibly harsh areas for plants. The combination of salt spray, shifting sand and the lack of water retention by the sand defeats most plants that attempt to grow there. Sea oats, Uniola paniculata, is a colonizing species of the dunes. The root system of the sea oats help stabilize the dunes, which allows other plants to get a start. Without the stabilizing influence of the sea oats, the dune are subject to increased erosion, which can result in the loss of the entire dune system. Sea oats are protected, which one of the reasons that boardwalks are constructed over the dunes to allow access to the beach without harm to the sea oats. The building thunderhead provides a dramatic backdrop for the dune and the sea oats.
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Sugar Sand Summer

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The sugar sand of the north Florida beaches provide a stunning visual contrast to the turquoise water of the Gulf and the brilliant primary colors of beach gear. Henderson Beach is part of a State Park preserving the coastal system near Destin Florida.
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Zienna Lost and Forgotten

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The sand on the beaches of the Florida Panhandle is known as sugar sand, because it is so fine and white. When land is cleared near the coast for development, an expanse of blazing white is created that reminds me of a fresh snowfall, except that usually it is blazing hot as well as blinding in that expanse of white. In the midst of a construction site inspection, I spotted a bit of pink and green. It turned out to be a Zienna growing and thriving in the midst of the white.
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