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SCENES FROM THE BEACH | by George Thatcher / OCT. 25, 2015

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Autumn wildflowers have begun to appear near the beach road, as summer ones extend their lives into a new season. A breath-taking wildflower that blooms until winter is the beach morning glory. We have watched a particular plant for several days. Opening its silky, white petals before daylight, canted toward the rising sun, the flower ingests sufficient sunshine for a day, then of its own volition, closes the petals, sometimes as early as noon. The same sequence will begin again tomorrow.

-- Diary, fall 2015

From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher / Email: fishcrow@aol.com

Collections of Mr. Thatcher's observations are available from Quail Ridge Press (www.quailridge.com or 1-800-343-1583).

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