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Marsh mallow the delicious treat around fireplaces and camp fires originates from a plant that grows well in marshes, the environment we have at Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. This has been a rainy weekend with lots of clouds and practically no sun. I went to the refuge anyway to photograph the pink mallow flowers which are seen blooming in profusion in the upper half of the following photo.

Pink marsh mallow flowers at Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

Pink marsh mallow flowers at Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

More close-up photos of these perennial flowers: a strong wind was blowing constantly as you can see from the way some flower petals are distorted.

Marsh mallow flowers

Marsh mallow flowers

Marsh mallow flower

Marsh mallow flower

Marsh mallow plants have been used as food since the times of Ancient Egypt, and their roots, leaves, and flowers are used in various medicines throughout the world.

A visit to the refuge is not complete without pictures of some birds, and here are two.

Ibis

Ibis

Snowy egret

Snowy Egret

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