Lovers Key State Park, Florida

This will be the last post for a while that discusses a natural area other than one located in Ohio. The pictures are from a visit to Lovers Key State Park near Fort Meyers, Florida during a recent trip south to escape the winter cold in Ohio. Our visit consisted of a paddle in the Mangroves and then a walk along the beach to look for shells and whatever else there was to see.

We decided to paddle first hoping that, because it was earlier in the day, we might see more birds and other critters. We took advantage of a beautiful five mile “paddle only” trail within the park that provided views of herons and Ibises, however no Manatees were seen.

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Paddling in the Mangroves, Lovers Key State Park

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Little Blue Heron, Lovers Key State Park

The beach was also beautiful and turned out to be relatively unpopulated even though our visit was on the weekend. Shorebirds seemed to be very acclimated to people so a photograph didn’t require a long telephoto. When not being amused by the birds we did have some luck finding interesting shells.

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Beach at Lovers Key State Park

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The waves come in

We started seeing shorebirds almost immediately:

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Willets in the surf, beach at Lovers Key State Park (Donna)

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Willets paying no attention to us, beach at Lovers Key State Park (Donna)

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A friendly Sanderling, beach at Lovers Key (Donna)

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Ruddy Turnstone, beach at Lovers Key State Park (Donna)

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Relaxing , beach at Lovers Key State Park

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Osprey nest near the beach, Lovers Key State Park

A beautiful day and a beautiful beach:

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The waves go out.

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Bicycles with blanket, beach at Lovers Key State Park

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Coral, beach at Lovers Key State Park

We returned to the frozen north to soon but given the birds and other wildlife that can be observed in this area of Florida, it could well become a yearly destination.

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