Friday, November 18, 2011

Footprints Trail: A Sierra Club outing on the Babcock Ranch Preserve

The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosted a hike into the Babcock Ranch Preserve, on the Footprints Trail.   The trail meanders through cypress swamp, hydric prairie and pine flatwoods. 

The Babcock Ranch Preserve, which until recently was a working family cattle ranch, totals 73,239 acres of mixed habitat in three counties of South Florida.

Besides hiking and nature study, the preserve offers horseback riding, hunting & fishing.

Coreopsis, or Tickweed.  Florida's State Wildflower

Yes folks, that's the trail! 

Apple Snail (Ampularidae sp) Eggs.

Wet Prairie or Fresh Water Marsh.

Fleabane, (Erigeron vernus) or Early Whitetop Fleabane, I think!

Spider photo-op

Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia).

Florida Pine Flatwoods

Mr Bobcat has been on the trail.

Both bird and wildflower experts were part of the group.

Cypress Knees.  Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum).

This trail was a small part of a huge cattle ranch.....a part of Florida's history.

Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus grandiflorus).

To really get to know a swamp, you need to get right in there!

Bromeliad.  Quill-leaf  (Tillandsia fasciculata).  I think?

Southern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptea).

Great outing by the Sierra Club.  Great trail.  But remember, if you go......don't chase the cows!  The cows, as I know from prior experience, are allowed to chase YOU!  Happy trails.

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