I could barely make out this barred owl high above me in a tree. A few seconds later he flew off farther into the woods, chasing after Mom.
Later I was walking the back boardwalk and heard a weird howl. I was looking high up in the trees thinking it was an injured squirrel but couldn’t find anything. Then I looked straight out into the swamp and the juvenile owl was sitting right in front of me. He’s still got baby fuzz around his head. I couldn’t find Mom but I’m sure she was somewhere close by.
Nearby was a squirrel with a snack.
Not many birds around in early August.
I had heard there were twin fawns at the park. After looking all morning I saw them for a second deep in woods.
A doe resting near the boardwalk.
Pink and green on the trees after the rain.
Showing off his snack.
An eagle was sitting high up in a pine tree right over my head.
It’s always fun to watch the birds swaying on the reeds.
Other things I found growing around the park including the pink lichen on the tree.
One of the resident gators.
Dark clouds started moving in as I was across the park. I was heading back to my car when it started sprinkling. Luckily, I had my little umbrella in my backpack so I pulled it out and headed back to the parking lot. Halfway back to my car the bottom fell out. When I came out of the trail and into the parking lot, people were sitting in their cars watching me as I walked across with my tiny umbrella. I completely soaked from the waist down. At least it cooled off.
Taken deep in the swamp, this looks like a flower mushroom.
These are mushroom boobs!
The new mushroom garden.
I’ve never seen this before. Some type of orange mushroom?
It almost looks like candy.
Growing out of an old tree stump.
Pink lichen growing on the tree.
Moss growing on a cypress tree root.
Looks like an umbrella mushroom.
The recent rains have flooded everything. Chesnut Park was flooded in mid-September when I stopped there after 2 solid days of rain. Fungus things were popping up everywhere. Some were pretty, some looked creepy. I wonder if the birds or squirrels eat mushrooms. I didn’t see any while I was there. The nice thing was the boardwalks were really slimy and slippery so it kept the joggers and dog walkers off of them. The bad thing was there wasn’t a lot of birds around even without people running by.