“I don’t like spiders and snakes.”

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You gotta look up as well as down when walking the trails. This guy was hanging over my head. I think it’s a harmless black racer.

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Does he think I can’t see him behind that stick?

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A pretty silk orb weaver. These guys were all over the trails.

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Spotted orb weaver. This and the one above are the two I see the most on the trails.

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Next time I’m going to count how many of these I see down the trail. I’m guessing more than 50?

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Up close.

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A pretty type of flying bug, I don’t see many pink dragonflies around.

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This guy was hanging in the port-o-potty in the parking lot.

She said, "I don't like spiders and snakes
And that ain't what it takes to love me
You fool, you fool
I don't like spiders and snakes
And that ain't what it takes to love me
Like I want to be loved by you"
A great oldie from Jim Stafford. He grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. Not too far from where I took these pictures. I never paid much attention to this song but now when I’m walking the trails I end up singing it.
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Quiet December walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Female kingfisher posing in front of the yellow flowers.

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A male was at the other end of the park sitting in the rain. This was the first time in 5 years I’ve been caught in the rain there. Luckily I was close to the rain shelter. The rain stopped after 10 minutes.

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White eyed vireo.

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Blue gray gnatcatchers were all over the trails.

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White ibis tree.

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Pink dragonfly.

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The usual alligator trying to hide behind the yellow flowers.

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I was told this was a banded water snake. They are not poisonous but it was nice that it was far off the trail.

The yellow flowers were still out in mid-December. The reserve was beautiful still in full bloom. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary though. It was a warm Saturday morning.

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Critters and crawlers

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The fall yellow flowers were just starting to come out in the middle of November.

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How cool is a pink and purple dragonfly?

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It looks like he’s looking right at me.

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A baby close to the trail.

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Some kind of fly or bee was stuck in the web.

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Harmless black racer on the trail.

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Black and yellow argiope spider.

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Grasshopper

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Stripe came near the trail. I quickly took the picture. When he saw me he ducked under the bushes. They are usually pretty shy.

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A lazy bum in the marsh.

Different critters and crawlers on my mid-November walk at Circle B Bar Reserve. The alligators have been out in full force lately. Is is really the end of November? They say time flies as you get older. It does feel that way. In a blink the holidays will be over. I hope we have a cold winter. Last year we had a fairly warm winter. I’m ready to break out the long sleeves. Oh, by cold I mean hover around 50 degrees.