The Greater Charlotte Harbor Chapter of The Sierra Club hosted a paddle outing on Shell Creek in Punta Gorda, Florida. Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried was the outing leader and provided an experts view of the local flora and fauna.
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna).
The Sierra Club and it's local chapters sponsor many wonderful outings. This is a great environmental organization....if you aren't a member, you should join.
The Climbing Asters (Aster carolinianum) were in full bloom and attracting lots of butterflies.
These beautiful wildflowers are considered an invasive species!
Rick captained the electric canoe and kept the kayakers on track and in good form.
Seedbox or Water Primrose (Ludwigia alterniflora).
Is this a Cooter or a Slider?
Lots of mature Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) trees on Shell Creek.
Back to the kayak and canoe launch at Hathaway Park. Great little park with picnic area, boat and kayak launches, restrooms and several nice hiking trails.
These photos all taken with my Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP. It's waterproof, and I don't want to get the Nikon wet in a kayak!
Be sure to check out your local Sierra Club for some great outing opportunities.