A Little South of Ohio

Originally this blog it was to be only about nature in central Ohio. Going forward it will continue to focus primarily on Ohio but In an effort to share same of our other adventures it will from time to time will include posts covering travels elsewhere.

Winter in Columbus, Ohio

Winter in Columbus, Ohio

It’s been a cold, snowy, winter in central Ohio so we decided to head to Florida for a little break. Since our interests often combine paddling, photography, and nature we decided to head for Koreshan State Historic Site near Fort Myers. The park, which is located on the Estero River, offers camping, and would be our base camp for seven days as we explored the area on foot and by canoe. The park partially preserves buildings that comprised a small town established by a religious sect in the late 1800’s. The Koreshan sect was founded by Cyrus Teed, a charismatic religious leader with some unusual views.

Koreshan Settlement 3, pic from the web.

Koreshan Settlement 3, web pic.

Koreshan Settlement, pic from the web.

Koreshan Settlement, web pic.

Koreshan Settlement 2, pic from the web

Koreshan Settlement 2, web pic.

Koreshan Settlement, pic from the web.

Koreshan Settlement, web pic.

The park turned out to be quiet and quite good for wildlife viewing.

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Typical campsite, Koreshan State Historic Site, web pic.

While there was some power boat traffic on the river as you headed out towards the bay, it was still nice for paddling.

Estero River Koreshan State Hist Site

Estero River Koreshan State Hist Site

Dragon

Band-winged Dragonlet, Koreshan State Historic Site, Donna

Flwr 3 Koreshan State Hist Site

Broad leaf Arrowhead Flwr 3 Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 2 Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 2 Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 1 Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 1 Koreshan State Hist Site

Carolina Wren Koreshan State Hist Site

Carolina Wren, Koreshan State Hist Site

Bamboo Koreshan State Hist Site

Bamboo, Koreshan State Hist Site

Zebra Longwing on flwr Koreshan State Hist Site, Donna

Zebra Longwing on flwr, Koreshan State Hist Site, Donna

Zebra Longwing Koreshan State Hist Site

Zebra Longwing, Koreshan State Hist Site

White Ibis with frog Estero River, Donna

White Ibis with frog, Estero River, Donna

Water Bugs, Estero River

Water beetles,, Estero River

Tri-color Heron, Estero River

Tri-color Heron, Estero River

Tree Koreshan State Hist Site

Strangler Fig, Koreshan State Hist Site

Slash Pine Koreshan State Hist Site

Slash Pine, Koreshan State Hist Site

Pileated Woodpecker Koreshan State Hist Site

Pileated Woodpecker, Koreshan State Hist Site

Pelican, Estero River

Pelican, Estero River

Palm Warbler 2 Koreshan State Hist Site, Donna

Palm Warbler study 1, Koreshan State Hist Site, Donna

Palm Warbler 1 Koreshan State Hist Site

Palm Warbler study 2, Koreshan State Hist Site

Osprey, Estero River

Osprey, Estero River

Mullet, Estero Piver

Mullet, Estero Piver

Mackerel, Estero River

Mackerel, Estero River

Live Oak, Estero River

Live Oak, Estero River

Little Blue Heron Estero River

Little Blue Heron, Estero River

Lichen, Koreshan State Hist Site

Colorful lichen, Koreshan State Hist Site

Large Tree at waters edge  Estero River

Large Strangler Fig at waters edge, Estero River

Tall Bamboo, Koreshan State Hist Site

Tall Bamboo, Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 5 Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 5, Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 4 Koreshan State Hist Site

Flwr 4, Koreshan State Hist Site

More posts will follow covering our trips to “Ding” Darling NWR, Corkscrew Swamp, Six Mile Cyprus Slough, Lovers Key State Park, and exploring the Mangroves by canoe.

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