Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yucca Pens, Rattlesnakes and Panther Tracks

"Yucca Pens" is the local name for the Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park.
This section features Pine Flatwoods, swamps and a very uniuqe Spartina Marsh.

There is a nice trail around the marsh.
Slash Pines (Pinus elliottii)
Sparina marsh.

Great White Heron (Ardea herodias).

Saltmarsh Cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora).

Yellow Buttons (Balduina angustifolia).

Field Sandspur (Cenchrus incertus).

Glades Lobelia (Lobelia glanulosa).

Bay Lobelia (Lobelia feayana).

Bloodroot (Lachnanthes caroliniana).

Large-Flowered Sabatia (Sabatia grandiflora).

Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simpliciollis).

Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans).

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus).

This big fella was sunning himself on the trail.

He was over 4 feet long and we gave him ample room to move away.

Count the rattles!

Further down the trail we found these tracks.

Florida Panther (Felis concolor).

Reflections of a wonderful day afield.

About half of these photos were taken by my wife, Olivia.
Here are a couple of links for Yucca Pens and Babcock-Webb WMA.

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