Critters at Bok Tower Gardens

A quiet day for birds in early September.  A woodpecker, a great horned owl and a quick peek at a hummingbird.

Lots of squirrels around. The one in the bottom shot had a big bot fly bite on his side.

I found the real “Peter Cottontail” on the trail.

Creepy spiders just in time for Halloween.

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Beauties and Beasts

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A juvenile little blue heron in the swamp.

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A very young night heron.

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Another young little blue heron across the lake. Trying to blend in.

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A downy woodpecker working on a hole.

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“This tree smells funny.”

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It looks like fall, but looks are deceiving. It was still over 80 degrees in late October.

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Creepy crawlers along the boardwalk.

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Weird bugs in the water right below the boardwalk. They looked like water roaches.

Stuff from my late October walk at Lettuce Lake Park.

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“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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Lettuce Lake in the morning – Skywatch Friday

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The moon was still out when I got to the park at 8am.

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You would think by these pictures that it was started to feel like fall around here. Oh no, we’re still at 85 degrees. We’ve been getting a lot of rain so I’m not sure why some of the leaves were turning so early.

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It was nice to see the red leaves. Something we don’t see often here. Most of the time it goes from green to dead.

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Ferns growing on a tree branch.

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There were more spiders than birds.

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This looked like a big cotton ball in the middle but it’s some kind of spider web.

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Little squirrel looking for a handout.

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You had to keep an eye out over your head as you walked along the boardwalk. I kept doing spider checks in my hair.

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Into the sun.

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View of the lake from the tower. Taken with my phone. You can just barely see the moon in the sky.

I had a nice weekend morning walking around Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa. The weather was perfect but the birds and animals were scarce. The swamp was flooded so the wading birds were not around. I got a good 3 hour walk in before heading home for lunch.

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Creepy things for Halloween

Since I didn’t have any decent pictures of ghosts, I posted a few creepy things I’ve seen recently to gross you out for Halloween. I’ve been lucky enough to pass by several spiders eating dragonflies or grasshoppers. Just in case the spiders didn’t get you, the bats are from the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. They are free flying in the bird aviary. Although as many times as I’ve been there, I’ve only seen them sleeping high up in the trees. I’d hate to be in there at night.

Don’t eat too much candy!