Sand Flowers

I’ve no idea what they’re called, the yellow flowers growing out of the sand dunes on Texas beaches this time of year, but I really love them. They’re the ideal mix of delicacy and sturdiness. The petals are so thin, they’re almost translucent, and yet these badass flowers survive the salt and wind and sunshine. They coexist happily with the rattlesnakes and turtles living in the sand dunes. With sandpipers and hermit crab, and the teeny tiny crystals that form the beach itself.

My friend went to the beach yesterday and posted this picture. It made me want to go back and see the yellow flowers and breathe the salty air. I think my dog, too, is overdue a beach walk.


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