Pretty colors at Circle B Bar Reserve

Pretty colors along the trail glowing in the sun.

 

After walking down the trail I looked back and could see all of these broken spider webs blowing in the wind. I did a quick spider check to make sure they were not hitching a ride on me.

A late October walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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A foggy morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

 

The reserve was covered in fog when I first walked out on the trails in early March. I could hear the sandhill cranes calling out but could not see them very well.

After the fog lifted, I saw several on my walk.

Spider webs blanketed the trails.

The usual residents.

A bittern close to the trail.

It can look dark and foggy early in the morning but it doesn’t stay that way long in early spring in central Florida.

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Lettuce Lake Park after the rain.

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Fir trees come with their own built in ornaments.

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Spider webs and dew early in the morning.

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Fungus in the water soaked swamp.

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Buzzing around in the tree.

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Got a snack.

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Paddling by.

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The lake looks very inviting.

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The swamp does not look inviting. Both the lake and the swamp are full of alligators. The trails and area around the boardwalk was flooded from all of the late summer rains. I’ve never seen the water this high before. Some of the foot trails were still under water and closed. I kept an eye out for wayward alligators and snakes.

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Early morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

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I got to the reserve just as the sun was coming up over the trees.

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The spider webs still had dew on them.

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Dew drops were everywhere. There was a chill in the air (meaning 72 degrees).

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The black bellied whistling ducks and moorhens were sleeping in.

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Even the great blue heron was still sleeping as the sun hit his eyes.

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I like the light early in the morning because you can see where all the webs are.

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Out on Lake Hancock, I saw this line of cormorants. Why are they so close together in this straight line? They have the whole lake to swim around in. Safety in numbers?

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After a while, they all started taking off.

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Alone with his reflection.

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Grass in the lake.

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A baby sleeping on mom’s back.

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camouflaged in the creek.

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Sleeping close to the trail.

Finally, the weather is starting to break. Soon everywhere will be posting their snow pictures and I will be happy it’s under 80 degrees. It was 72 degrees when I got to Circle B Bar Reserve early in late October. By 11am it was 85 degrees. It was still a perfect morning and I saw a brand new bird to add to my list. More on that later.

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In the fog – Skywatch Friday

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It was a foggy morning at Circle B Bar Reserve when I headed out on the trail in late January. The above tree is usually filled with birds. Not a one in sight.

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Almost as thick as pea soup. It was very humid even though it didn’t feel warm.

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It looked like Alligator Alley trail was the foggiest. People were still heading down the trail in the fog.

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You can really see the spider webs on a day like this.

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A tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. A tree full of vultures across the marsh.

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Female red-winged blackbirds along the trail.

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“Run Forrest Run!” says the black bellied whistling duck across the marsh in the fog.

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I didn’t realize how the sides of the trails were full of spider webs.

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A sandhill crane out in the marsh. This is where they nested two years ago in March but they were just cruising by the morning I was there.

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The sun was finally starting to peek through after an hour. It turned out to be a nice day even though I felt like I was walking around in a shower. Everything was wet from the fog and humidity. When I left Tampa earlier that morning the sun was coming up bright. The farther into central Florida I got, the worse the fog got. At first I was crushed that the sun wasn’t out but it was kind of cool walking around in the fog. The reserve was full of people like it usually is in the winter so it wasn’t like I was alone. By 10am there were traffic jams on the trails.

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