Pretty colors at Circle B Bar Reserve

Pretty colors along the trail glowing in the sun.

 

After walking down the trail I looked back and could see all of these broken spider webs blowing in the wind. I did a quick spider check to make sure they were not hitching a ride on me.

A late October walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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An overdue visit to Sunken Gardens.

Upclose with flamingos.

Butterflies buzzing around the pretty flowers.

Super sized fish.

A few of the plants at the gardens.

Sunken Gardens is a 4 acre 100-year-old botanical garden near downtown St. Petersburg and one of the oldest roadside tourist attractions in the country.  The gardens are located in what was a small lake 10 feet below sea level which is where it got the name. I hadn’t been in nearly 10 years and it’s so close so I thought I’d stopped in one morning for a quick walk.  Since it was the end of summer, there weren’t a lot of flowers blooming but the gardens was a tropical oasis once you got inside. A handful of flamingos live there as well. It was a great little walk but so hot.  My next trip will be in the winter.

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Botanical Gardens in the heat

Little critters.

Cute critter. I think he was afraid I was going to steal his nut.

I’m don’t know what this bird is. Any ideas?  I think it may be a juvenile.

A woodpecker chewing on this pretty flowering tree.

Pretty colors.

Crazy ducks.

It was already hot in late April when I stopped by the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The summer rains hadn’t started but the heat had already arrived.

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Lettuce Lake Park in August

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Tiny critters at the park.

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Creepy critters at the park.

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Pesky squirrels at the park (I don’t know who thought that was a “Squirrel proof” feeder. It was hanging next to the nature center.)

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Pretty prothonotary warblers at the park.

Just a few things from my walk in late August.

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Tiny flying things at Lettuce Lake Park

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Prothonotary warblers nest at this park so you can usually find a few around the boardwalk.

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Creepy wasp nest.

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Butterflies and a dragonfly along the boardwalk.

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A very  young bird. I think this is a blue gray gnatcatcher. I’ve heard they nest near the nature center here.

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A titmouse being cute as usual.

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Tiny flying critters

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The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo has become one of my favorite spots to work on my butterfly and flower shots. The volunteers there have done an amazing job with the butterfly garden in front of the activities building. After walking around the gardens, I stopped by the butterfly garden thinking I would stay a few minutes and then head home since it was so hot. I sat down on a bench and the butterflies were all over the place. I finally headed home two hours later.

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