This is what fall looks like here. Lots of pretty flowers still at Bok Tower Gardens in late October and still lots of butterflies and dragonflies.
Back in late September when it was still too hot to be outside, I was practicing my macro shots. Brett had brought home several bunches of flowers for my birthday so I pulled out my macro lens and played around in the kitchen. I’m not really a creative person so I tend to shoot the same things over and over again.
I sprayed some of the flowers with water to try and do something with droplets but I feel like they still look the same every time I do this.
It’s hard for me to get the color right on red roses. I usually get the color blown out. After a week the roses started to get some dark edges and I thought this gave it an edgy look. I couldn’t decode whether I liked them with the water or not so I posted both.
One of the few animals I saw at Myakka River State Park was a deer near the big lake. She was alone and hiding in the shadow.
Closer to the water I could see some black bellied whistling ducks and black necked stilts.
A crow guarding the parking lot.
Myakka Park, just south of Sarasota, is known for having huge gators. And a lot of them although not as many as the Everglades. Timing is everything to see the big ones. They usually come out to sun themselves late in the afternoon. If it’s really hot, they’ll stay in the water most of the day. I was there early in the morning and only saw a few small ones. There is an area in the park that is off limits that has 100’s of them. The “Deep hole” is a 4 mile round trip hike out to where they are hidden but you have to have a permit to hike out there. The rangers give out 30 permits a day and I heard they are all snatched up in the first hour. I keep saying I want to get down there in the winter and hike out the hole but keep putting it off. I think this winter might be the time.
The sun was just coming up over the trees when I headed out on one trail.
This is a huge park with a lot of wide open spaces. I was out on a rare Monday off so there was hardly anyone there.
A pano with my phone of a dried up lake.
Wild things growing on my walk down the trail at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in south St. Pete in the beginning of September. Not a lot of wildlife then but they have great trails to walk on.
Some areas have a lot of dead trees and some areas looked just like you were standing in the middle of Florida. Lots of moss growing on the trees. There were very few people out on the trails. Not sure if it’s because it was so hot and humid or if people were still just staying at home. This is the place to be if you wanted to get out. The trails are wide and there’s a lot of them.
Cool new statue up in the tree by the nature center.
The view of downtown St. Pete from the trail. Typical morning of clouds moving in before lunch so the skies were overcast when I took this.
I love the flowers at Bok Tower Gardens. For some reason they look so pretty here.
I didn’t see many birds on this walk. Above is a juvenile red bellied woodpecker and close by was a parent. The little brown one is a young fuzzy Carolina wren hiding in a palm tree.
The sun coming through the lizard’s throat.
There were several eastern tiger swallowtails flying around.
The view of the top of the carillon tower from the vegetable garden.
I couldn’t find a tag on this really cool plant. Love the hairs sticking up on the newer ones. I realized that the older ones that had broken open had red bugs in them.
Little critters at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales in early June.
A hopper hiding in the dirt.
It was good to be out even if it was hot in central Florida. The gardens had recently opened back up and I had a rare Monday off so I drove over to spend the morning walking around. There wasn’t a lot of birds around but still lots of things to look at.
More things growing on my walk around the neighborhood in the mornings before work.
Taking tons of pictures of the hibiscus plant in our yard.
Lots of baby ducks on the walk as well. I realized there are two different creme colored mallards in the neighborhood. Perhaps they are related? This one had one baby with her and has a little more brown in her feathers. She was at a small pond at one end of our neighborhood. There is also one with 9 babies floating around our dock the same day. She’s a little more lighter and we all call her Blondie.
A white pigeon in the pond.
The moon coming out at night. All of the above were taken with my phone.