Ipomopsis rubra /Phlox Family
Santa Rosa Co., FL
I always enjoy seeing these pretty red flowers blooming among the dunes on Santa Rosa Island, they look like little red herald trumpets. I photographed these at Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola in August 2003. I hope the 20-foot storm surge of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 didn't wash away most of the dune plants!
***Update, Dec. 2004 --- After seeing the beach at Santa Rosa Island and a video about the hurricane damage near Pensacola, I now know that the area received even more serious damage than I ever dreamed! The storm surge flattened the dunes and cut through the island at Gulf Islands National Seashore. It will take many years for the area to recuperate.