The land of squirrels

Squirrels all over the park were eating the pink parts of this plant. Not sure what type plant this was.

I caught this couple flirting on the boardwalk right in front of me. Eventually they realized I was standing there and scampered off the boardwalk and headed up a tree.

Pops of color along the boardwalk.

Empty shells the limpkins leave behind after eating the snails inside.

Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa is full of squirrels. In early March the weather had warmed up and they were out eating and playing all morning.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World

In the fog at Lettuce Lake Park

The view along the boardwalk and observation tower at Lettuce Lake back in late February. It was just foggy enough that you couldn’t see the other side of the small lake. I love mornings like these. Not many people out so it was very quiet. All above taken with my phone.

I could just make out the grebes swimming close to the tower.

Even in the fog, the bright colors of the azalea bushes were popping out. These were at the entrance to the park. The azalea flowers don’t bloom long here so I caught them at the right time.

SkyWatch Friday

Green is good

The rainy season in August caused the lake at Lettuce Lake Park to flood, raising the plants and bringing them closer to the boardwalk. Everything looked fresh and green one morning right after a shower.

At first I thought this was a branch that had fallen in the water. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a snake, belly up in the water. It’s only a matter of time before a gator makes a meal out of him.

There’s a lake under there somewhere.

In the swamp.

Feeling like Tarzan

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Lettuce Lake Park has an observation tower on the boardwalk that is several stories high. On the top level you can see into the tall trees that have been growing there forever. The park has some great really old trees that you can only see the bottom of the trunks from the boardwalk. You have to climb up high to see the tops. It’s worth the climb.

Random stuff at Chesnut Park

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This squirrel showed up with a big piece of bread. I don’t know whether someone gave it to him or he stole it. He carried it to the top of the palm tree, sniffed it a few times and left it there after one bite. I guess he knows what’s bad for him.

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I found this weird yellow fungus growing on a cypress tree knee.

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Into the sun.

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Tiny gators under the boardwalk.

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Cute dog staring at me.

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Pretty but still creepy.

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Looking up from the boardwalk, the trees are all covered in moss.

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Looking down at the boardwalk with the sun coming through the trees.

A few things on my walk around Chesnut Park in December.

Shine the Divine

Up in the trees and under the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park

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High up in a tree, it looked like this squirrel was eating a leaf.

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I found this anhinga up in a tree next to the observation tower.

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I heard a wheezing noise and had to look close to find this black bellied whistling duck high up in a tree. His friend was on the other side of the tree facing the lake.

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I don’t know what he was looking at. They do the funniest things.

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By 9am, when the sun was starting to shine on the boardwalk, it was so hot steam was coming off the rails.

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A view of the boardwalk in the shade.

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Down below in the water.

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A few little fishies swimming by.

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A night heron hiding out in the shade next to the boardwalk.

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More steam off the rails. I was drenched in sweat 10 minutes after I got to the park. I barely made it to 2 hours walking around.

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Reflections in the lake.

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Alligator trying to blend in. He was a tiny one.

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A shot of the main part of the lake from the observation tower. This was taken with my phone since I only had my 70-200mm lens with me. I was trying to travel light this morning.

Another hot steamy Saturday morning walk. Is it winter yet?????