Here comes the sun

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I knew it was going to be a good morning when I walked out on the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve at 8am and this was the view.

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I had not been out here since May so it was great to get out and walk around without it being terribly hot.

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The trails were quiet except for the birds making noise. The limpkins and phoebes were loud. It felt like a lot more moss had grown on trees.

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A very large bee hive right on the trail.

I only had my 300mm lens with me so all of these were taken with my Iphone.  That bee hive was so close that I would have only gotten an inch of it with my longer lens.  I’m looking forward to lots of long walks here this winter.

SkyWatch Friday

Things that grow on trees and trees that grow on things.

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I recently started to notice all of the random things that grow on trees that I don’t think were originally part of the tree. Lots of moss, lichen, fungus and vines using them to survive on.  Some things are weird, like the white blob that looks like a big cotton ball. Does anyone know what that is?  These were all taken at Chesnut Park.

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Then there are trees that grow on things.  There are several trees right along the boardwalk that have molded themselves into the railing.

Fungus among us

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Taken deep in the swamp, this looks like a flower mushroom.

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These are mushroom boobs!

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The new mushroom garden.

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I’ve never seen this before. Some type of orange mushroom?

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It almost looks like candy.

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Growing out of an old tree stump.

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Pink lichen growing on the tree.

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Moss growing on a cypress tree root.

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All alone.

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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.

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Textures in the woods

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Moss growing on a dead log in the water.

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Cypress knees growing in the swamp. These are really just roots from the nearby cypress trees that grow out of the ground helping the tree survive in the swamp.

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Mushrooms growing on a log.

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Reflections

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Fern shadows on the moss growing on the cypress knees.

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The swamp was full of spider webs.

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Purple flowers growing in the nearby butterfly garden.

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Out on the lake.

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Where alligators hide.

I was a glutton for punishment. In the middle of August I went on a walk at Chesnut Park on the boardwalks that run through the swamp. I sprayed a coat of Off on in the parking lot and within 10 minutes I had 4 mosquito bites so I had to respray. I was hoping to see any kind of animal but I saw only spiders. I didn’t even see the deer that morning. They were probably hiding out in someone’s pool. I got a good walk in but all I saw was above. After walking for 2 hours, I headed home, had lunch and drank another gallon of water. Then it was a long nap for me.

Green textures in the woods

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Raindrops on leaves.

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Fir tree

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Is this duckweed? The swamp was covered in it.

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Lichen on the moss.

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Things that fall on the plant.

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Palm leaves in the sun.

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Fern growing on a dead branch.

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Tiny lizard on a palm leaf.

It was a really slow morning at Chesnut Park. Walking along the boardwalk I started to notice the different green things in the swamp. The water levels were high since it’s been raining most days during August. I wouldn’t have been walking through there if there wasn’t a boardwalk. I was trying to be creative and find different things to take pictures of but it was so hot and muggy it was hard to focus. I only got a few things that morning but I’m going to start paying attention to the scenery at the parks.