Tag Archives: Florida

passing through

A Gopher tortoise plods through our back woods. Endangered and protected here in Southwest Florida, we hope this basketball-size friend feels safe and will stick around.

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sunning otter

An otter takes a moment to rest while diving for crayfish in the depths of a cypress swamp in Southwest Florida. Not only is it hard work poking around cypress knees in the murky waters, but otters need to be … Continue reading

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Raccoon in Holly tree

A raccoon kit tries to figure its way out of a holly tree after a meal of berries. She won’t stray far from the rest of the family.

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Upland pines in fog

Sunlight struggles to pierce a morning fog in an upland pine forest of Southwest Florida. Cabbage palms and slash pines tower above an understory of saw palmettos, wax myrtles and rusty lyonia in this subtropical environment.

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Horseshoe crab

A Horseshoe crab washes ashore in a rising tide along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Naples, Florida, another possible victim of red tide.

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Mottled purse crab

Mottled Purse Crab, a hand-sized crab, picks through the shallows along the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida.

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Raccoon family

Mama Raccoon and her three kits on a boardwalk adventure through a swamp in SW Florida.

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Screech owl hideaway

A Screech Owl finds refuge in a hollow tree, napping by day while waiting for dusk to return to this corner of cypress swamp.

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purple gallinule

Aka Blue Peter, Mud Hen, Pond Chicken, Bonnet-walker…. A Purple Gallinule climbs among stalks of Alligator Flag searching for berries. A year-round resident of swamps in SW Florida.

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the perch

A Wood stork alights on a pine snag at the edge of a swamp. A big bird with a 60-inch wingspan, it is hard to miss as it glides above the trees.

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