On foggy mornings you can really see the spider webs. You don’t notice them when the sun is out. Everything is covered in them.
The light was bad but it was fun to walk around in the fog. At least it looked like winter even though it didn’t feel like it.
The cypress trees are starting to turn colors (it finally looks like fall here) but the little one was completely covered in webs. I’m not sure if that will kill the tree.
I was driving over to Lakeland in early January to walk at Circle B Bar Reserve. The sun was just coming up in Tampa and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The closer I got to the park, the foggier it got. I was bummed thinking the light was going to be bad for taking pictures. It was challenging to get any bright shots but it was cool to see the reserve all covered in fog. It felt like I was in a different place. The fog eventually burned off some time after 10 and the sun came out.
Moss growing on a dead log in the water.
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.
Mushrooms growing on a log.
Fern shadows on the moss growing on the cypress knees.
The swamp was full of spider webs.
Purple flowers growing in the nearby butterfly garden.
Out on the lake.
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.
I can usually find green herons at Sawgrass Lake Park.
Cool spiderweb in the sun. It looks so neat.
Downy or Hairy woodpecker? I’m voting for Downy.
Flowers were popping up everywhere.
I hit Sawgrass Lake Park after work one night in late May. It’s close to work and I had heard there were swallow-tail kites hanging around as well as a rare Mississippi kite there. After walking around the entire park fast before it got dark, I saw no signs of either. The kites must have already gone to bed early that night. I still keep hearing they are there. I might have to make another trip to look for them again. There were a few other things there but I always feel like I don’t see anything really great when I go there. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. Maybe I’m expecting too much. At least I got a good walk in and missed traffic.