Passed all of the exciting sites. The tour guide did have some great stories about the old mining days.
The scenery was beautiful but it was a short ride. Thirty minutes out and then we turned around and came back. We stopped several times along the way to hear stories about each of the local mines and the history of the area. The ride went by really fast.
Nothing new on my recent walk around Chesnut Park. The catbirds are back for the winter and you could hear them calling all over the park.
I have to laugh at myself. As I was driving out of the park I saw movement over by the bushes. I stopped thinking “Is that a bobcat?”. No, just a regular house cat that looks like he’s well fed. I don’t think he had a collar on.
All of the ponds are really pretty with the purple flowers in them.
A typical scene at most of the parks since Hurricane Irma came through. Huge trees on their sides leaving big holes in the ground and lots of piles of cut up trunks waiting to be mulched.
I stopped by Chesnut Park on the way home from work in early August to see if there were any baby deer. Since it had just stopped raining I was thinking there wouldn’t be a lot of people there so the deer may be out and visible. The babies usually hide on Saturday mornings with all of the joggers and dog walkers there so a rainy weekday seemed like a good chance to see them. After walking around for a while I was leaving and saw some spots in the woods.
I sat down on a wet log and they were walking around in the weeds. There were two babies and one parent was close by.
Not sure what the parent was doing. Was she sniffing to make sure this was her baby?
Mom then continued to feed herself. After a few minutes, they headed deeper in the woods and I headed home.
The rain never seemed to stop in late June and continued in early July. We finally had a Saturday morning that was clear and sunny so I headed out to Chesnut Park. The swamp that the boardwalks run through was full of water. It was hot and steamy by 8am. Someone left a painted rock on a stump. All of the above was taken with my phone.
Hiding in the grass.
Most of the deer were in the back of the baseball field where the trees start. I found a few others near the boardwalk.
I climbed up the 3 story observation tower to check out the lake. I could hear thunder off in the distance. I guess this squirrel was doing the same thing.
The rain was moving in fast so I headed home after a 2 hour walk.
The water was almost gone in May due to the drought we were having. Most of the little ponds were dried up and the deer were grazing in the pond.
Most of the plants were looking parched.
I took the shot of the small alligator from the boardwalk. It wasn’t until I got home and cropped up the picture that I noticed he had a hook sticking out of the side of his mouth. I hope it dislodged when he ate his next meal.