IMG_8698The sun will rise to its highest point in the sky today here in the northern hemisphere, meaning you will cast your shortest shadow of the year.

Look at those miniature suns at the edge of the path… Opuntia humifusaCloser: Opuntia humifusa, Prickly Pear Cactus, now blooming. This is the only native cactus in our part of the country. The plants favor the sandy soils of the coastal plain. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is where I await their blooms each year.

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