Beauty in the fog

While the flowers are hidden in the fog, you can really see the spider webs.

The fog was pretty thick during my trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in late December. It usually burns off by 10 am but this particular morning it was still around when I left at noon.

At least you can still spot the gators on the trail.

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A walk back in time

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How cheap was gas when this store was open in 1915?

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The oldest structure in Pinellas County, it was built in 1852 by Captain James  McMullen near Clearwater. I guess they didn’t have to worry about vacuuming.

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My clothes would never get washed if I had to do this.

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Sign over the fire station. It was really just a garage that housed a truck.

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The good old days.

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Power and water in the backyard.

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The grocery store in your backyard.

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Built in 1878, this was a temporary one room shelter that survived over 100 years.

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On the wall just inside of the temporary bedroom was the above picture showing it as it originally stood before it was moved to Heritage Village in 1978.

A few more shots of history from my walk through Heritage Village in Largo in mid-December.

Last trip to Circle B Bar Reserve – Skywatch Friday

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What is this tricolored heron looking at?

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Turkey vulture upclose. They were everywhere at the park.

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The trail was full of these queen anne’s lace plants.

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The marsh was full of these purple plants. Not sure what they are.

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Only a few butterflies out this morning.

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A soft shell turtle heading back into the reeds. He was pretty big.

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The usual but this was the only one I saw this morning.

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A perfect day at Circle B Bar Reserve.

I made my last trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland in mid-May until late fall. It was a beautiful cool morning so the walk was great. But not a lot of animals. No sign of bobcats, otters, snakes and very few birds. I didn’t get to see either sandhill crane family although I know they are there somewhere. It’s that time of the year when babies are grown up, winter ducks and birds are gone and it going to be too hot to be inland. The trail was extremely overgrown already so it’s hard to see down into the marshes. I could hear the alligators bellowing really loud right off the trail but I couldn’t see them. It was a little creepy. Soon it will be time to head to the beach to look for shorebirds.

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Lots of birds at Circle B Bar Reserve – Skywatch Friday

Red shoulder hawk sitting in a tree on Marsh Rabbit Run trail. I have seen him sitting here for the last 3 visits to the reserve.

Great egret flying into the mud pit.

The US Fish and Wildlife still has the wood stork listed as endangered. I didn’t realize this until I read on another blog how someone was visiting Florida and wanted to find the endangered wood stork. I see them everywhere. They hang out in the ditches along the road near my work. I always see them at Circle B Bar Reserve. We must just have a higher concentration of them here in central Florida. I guess it’s all relative.

Yellowlegs. Not sure if this is a greater or lesser. I would have to see them next to each other to really tell them apart. Lately I’ve been seeing a few of them hanging around the mud pits at the reserve.

The coolest thing we saw that day! A turkey. Look how colorful he is! He strutted across the trail right in front of us.

This immature night heron almost looked like a ghost bird hanging around in the shade. But his yellow beak and feet and those glowing eyes made him stick out.

The windmill at the end of Wading Bird Way. It was a perfect day, even if we couldn’t find the baby sandhill cranes.

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