I went to visit the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in early November to see one of my favorite trees. The huge silk floss tree was bursting with pink blooms. It’s weird to see all of these blooming pink flowers in November, even in central Florida. Even the birds like the tree.
Other flying critters.
A scarecrow was still guarding the pond.
There was a crew there putting up Christmas lights in the trees. It takes them so long to decorate the gardens that they start early.
The usual birds at Chesnut park in July including that titmouse hanging upside down trying to get a bug.
I was hoping to see some baby deer in mid July but I think it was too early. Only adults and young bucks.
The usual critter in the swamp.
A usual summer storm was moving in.
The boardwalk swamp was full of water after days of rain. It was weird to be walking around with so much water. Even in the early morning it was hot, muggy and buggy. The last one is a quick video oft he sounds in the swamp.
A few fun things at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
The beautiful silk floss tree that blooms in the fall. I always forget about it the rest of the year since it’s just full of green leaves. I forget about the pink flowers and am always surprised and amazed when I see this tree in late October. This was towards the end of the bloom and the ground was covered in the pink flowers.
Not many birds. A local red belled woodpecker and a wood duck couple.
The above was hanging on a tree in the woods at the gardens. Kind of creepy but also cool.
I hadn’t seen cedar waxwings in years. They are somewhat rare here and only a few come through during spring migration. I saw one hiding deep in the bushes and was a little bummed he was not visible. Later in my walk a flock of them quickly flew by and one stopped for a few second right in front of me. They are beautiful birds.
A rare western kingbird. I’ve only seen these once before in the area in the last 9 years. At first I thought it was a great crested flycatcher which are more common but realized later it was a kingbird.
All of the usual birds that are at Possum Branch Preserve.
Not sure what this little yellow bird it. I’m thinking it’s an immature palm warbler.
Other little critters along the lake (besides alligators).
These were all taken at Possum Branch Preserve, a small watershed, near my home in mid-April.