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Buck(eye) Wild

I was driving along the road from Ocean Isle Beach to Sunset one day when I thought I noticed something red streak by. Red isn’t that common along coastal roadsides; shades of green, tan, and gray tend to dominate. It’s a subtle palette, and one that makes other colors stand out. I turned the car around.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

It’s funny how exciting it can be to see something so familiar in an unfamiliar place. Even if red buckeye is native to NC, I usually see it as a garden plant.

Red Buckeye at the NC coast

It’s a pretty sight out here along the road with the Intracoastal Waterway behind it. Don’t you love the teeny live oak in the distance? It looks as if it’s standing right in the water.

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