Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Hot, hazy afternoon here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Took a walk along the Myakka River in Sleeping Turtles Preserve.
The trails are flat, easy and very well marked. There is a nice picnic site and a canoe/kayak launch.
Rainy season hasn't arrived yet, but lots of bromeliads blooming.
A great book about riverscapes,
Cabbage Palm Fern (Phlebodium aureum)
Come see the Myakka River when you get a chance. You will love it too.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A short afternoon visit to Deer Prairie Creek Preserve in Venice, Florida. Nice day, beautiful landscapes and a photogenic and cooperative Limpkin (Aramus guarauna).
This preserve is another very large, multi-use area owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Located on the eastern banks of the Myakka River, it protects the watershed of the river and into Charlotte Harbor.
The field guides say that Limpkins feed on Apple Snails, but this one had other ideas.
I think these are Asian Clams (Corbicula flumenea).
The newly opened South Entrance is closest to the kayak launch, small lake, picnic area, and is handicap accessable.
Cattails and Water Hemlock.
One of several covered picnic tables.
Trails are well marked and maintained.
Equestrian use is allowed in the northern end of the preserve.
Water Hyancinth (Eichhoria crassipes).
Live oak (Quercus virginana) with Spanish Moss (Tillandsai usenoides).
Looking for that perfect landscape shot!