Category Archives: Florida

dilemma

Hikers pause along the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Bird Rookery Trail in NE Naples, Florida. Sunning alligators are common along the trail. Most will move from the trail when approached, but some are more reluctant.

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curiosity among friends

A pair of young raccoons stare down from a pine in our backyard of Southwest Florida.

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Emerald Forest

Beneath the emerald forest. Oak hammock of Southwest Florida.

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Kites in the sky

Swallow-tailed kites have left the skies over Florida, sailing for the tropics. I look forward to their return in the spring.

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Sandhill crane

Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis, on the edge of a citrus grove. The hollow, rattling call is pleasant reminder that the Florida backcountry is brimming with life.

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birds in flight

Wood storks, White ibis, and Roseate spoonbills on the wing above a wet marsh in the Corkscrew backcountry.

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Corkscrew boardwalk

Clearing fog reveals a quiet morning along the boardwalk.

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Dahoon holly

Crimson-red berries nestled among waxy green leaves sparkle on a Dahoon holly, growing plentiful among the ferns and cypresses of Corkscrew swamp.

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fog on the boardwalk

Early morning along the boardwalk, birdsong in the canopy, leaves catching the fog, creating little rainfalls that patter down to cool a waking swamp.

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Scarlet hibiscus

Scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) grows in wet soil to 6-8 feet in height. Deep glossy-red flowers can be eight to twelve inches across. A beautiful accent among all the lush green of Florida’s wetlands.

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