This was our first trip to this park, just outside of Naples,Florida. It has trails and boardwalks that goes through a swamp in central Florida. I was hoping there would be more birds here since it was the end of April and spring migration was still going on but the boardwalk was pretty quiet.
One cool thing about the park was all of the old trees which kept the boardwalk shaded.
It wouldn’t be a swamp with alligators but it was fun seeing the otter near the boardwalk.
Views from the boardwalk taken with my phone.
After the park, Brett and I left Naples behind and headed home to Tampa. I wanted to take some pictures of the Sunshine Skyway bridge as we drove over but the love bugs were so bad that our windshield was covered in them. The funny thing is that our car wasn’t nearly as bad as other cars and vans that had come from much farther south. Of course, Brett washed the car as soon as we got home.
I was very safe taking these shots from the boardwalk at Gatorland. These were all taken during the early morning hours at the bird rookery. It’s hard not to take pictures when they are moving around right below you. Mating season was in full swing so they were being very loud.
This great blue heron was hanging out in the exhibit. I’m sure he knew he could make a fast getaway if needed.
The younger alligators in the ponds at the front of the park all seemed to be smiling this morning. I think they had just been fed.
Views from the observation tower. The birds nest in the bushes all along the boardwalk. There were quite a few other photographers there that morning as well.
Little critters at the Largo Nature Preserve.
Lots of turtles around the lake.
I stopped by Safety Harbor fishing pier on the way home and saw a kiteboarder across the bay.
A quick walk around Largo Nature Preserve in September.
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
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.
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.
I found this weird yellow fungus growing on a cypress tree knee.
Into the sun.
Tiny gators under the boardwalk.
Cute dog staring at me.
Pretty but still creepy.
Looking up from the boardwalk, the trees are all covered in moss.
Looking down at the boardwalk with the sun coming through the trees.
A few things on my walk around Chesnut Park in December.
High up in a tree, it looked like this squirrel was eating a leaf.
I found this anhinga up in a tree next to the observation tower.
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.
I don’t know what he was looking at. They do the funniest things.
By 9am, when the sun was starting to shine on the boardwalk, it was so hot steam was coming off the rails.
A view of the boardwalk in the shade.
Down below in the water.
A few little fishies swimming by.
A night heron hiding out in the shade next to the boardwalk.
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.
Reflections in the lake.
Alligator trying to blend in. He was a tiny one.
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?????