|In September I make a special trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens to look for these beautiful rare blue pine barrens gentians, Gentiana autumnalis. Click to enlarge.
|These lovely autumn flowers are natives of North American coastal pine barrens from South Carolina to New Jersey. See the sun shine through the cup!
|Some people think this is New Jersey's most beautiful native wildflower.
|I love the trails of dots on the petals like fairy dust.
|Pine barrens gentians bloom from September through early November.
|Hunting for gentians in the pine barrens is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon!