I’ve been reading an interesting book titled “Living on the Edge – a guide to tide pool animals, seaweeds, and seaside plants.” The book was written by Ruth Gortner Grierson, who writes a nature column for a local newspaper, and Thomas Vining, who was an interpretive ranger in Acadia National Park. This guide is informative yet concise. I like concise! It has inspired me to pay more attention to the shoreline and examine tide pools and seaside plants more closely. Today, I ventured to Wonderland – a magical place – where I wandered the rocky coast for two hours completely engrossed in this rugged, diverse convergence of land and sea.
I chose one of my favorite seaside plants as my photo of the day. I love the simplicity of its flowers – Rosa rugosa – the less common white-flowering variety. Learning about the meaning of botanical names has always fascinated me. In many cases, botanical names are extremely descriptive lending themselves to memory more easily. I understand that “rugose” means wrinkled or corrugated. In this case, the rugosa refers to the botanical meaning of the reticulate venation of the leaf being rough and ridged – sometimes mentioned in text as “quilted.”
Since it has been my pattern to include more than one photo, I will not break with this tradition! I could have wandered along this shoreline for many hours but the weather was threatening and I wanted to get to my favorite organic farm before they closed!