Posted on March 27, 2019
This year we cut our stay short at Myakka River SP so we could check out Little Manatee River SP a new park for us. It looked good on paper with a number of hiking trails, the Little Manatee River, and it was close to points of interest along the gulf coast near Tampa.
The park was a bit of a disappointment for us largely due to the fact that many of the hiking trails were flooded and even our campsite was also flooded for several days the result of heavy rain just after our arrival. The river through the park was pretty but we didn’t bother paddling it as it’s often narrow width and rain induced high flow would have made nature photography difficult if not impossible. Many of the hiking trails are also designated as equestrian with fairly heavy use and as a result were pretty torn up and muddy in spots. Despite the challenges we did find trails to explore and things to see even if we did arrive back at camp with wet hiking boots.
A nice break not far for Little Manatee River SP was Fort Desoto Park. If you enjoy walking the beach, collecting shells, or observing birds it’s a great place to spend a few hours.
For us the big attraction were we to return to this park would be it’s close proximity to the ocean. Other parks in this part of Florida offer more hiking and more biodiversity within the park itself. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Florida, Little Manatee River State Park Tagged: Armadillo, Beggar's Needle, Catbird, Dunlin, Flowering Blackberry, Least Terns, Leavenworth's Tickseed, Lipstick Lichen, Mockingbird, Moonflower, Pileated Woodpecker, Pink Wood Sorrel, Reindeer Lichen, Roseate Skimmer, Spider Lily, Willet, Wilson's Plover, Zebra Heliconian, Zebra Swallowtail
Posted on March 14, 2017
It’s been a while since our last post so after almost two months bumming around some of Florida’s most beautiful natural areas in sunny 70 degree weather we now find ourselves back in central Ohio looking out the window as a 25 F wind blows snow around our front yard. One way to celebrate the trip, and perhaps to feel a little warmer, is to post pictures of a few of birds seen while while hiking and paddling. Perhaps no one species expresses the diversity and beauty of nature like birds, each with their own unique appearance and behavior. Florida gives one an excellent opportunity to witness and perhaps photograph that diversity and beauty.
For those that are curious, our stay in Florida consisted of time spent at Myakka River SP; great hiking, big gators, and great wildlife photography, Lake Kissimmee SP; great hiking, paddling, fishing, and wildlife, the Chassahowzitka River Campground; great paddling, fishing, and wildlife, and Ochlockonee River SP; great hiking, paddling, and wildlife.
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Given the weather we came back to we may decide to stay longer next year. There’s always something new to discover. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Chassahowitzka River, Florida, Lake Kissimmee SP, Myakka River Sp, Ochlockonee River SP Tagged: American Avocet, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black Skimmer, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Pelican, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Carolina Wren, Common Moorhen, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green-winged Teal, Laughing Gull, Least Sandpiper, Least Terns, Mockingbird, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Pine Warbler, Red-cockaded woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Roseate Spoonbill, Sand Hill Crane, Snail Kite, Tri-color Heron, Vermilion Flycatcher, White Ibis, Wood Thrush, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on April 6, 2016
Our recent six weeks of hiking and paddling in Florida resulted in a lot of photographs.
The pictures below provide a record of some of the birds seen. While lovely in their right, we are left with the feeling that they don’t come close to conveying the overall sense of wonder experienced as we explored the trails and waterways of Florida. Equipped with the knowledge that places visited were home to many fascinating living things, the wonder was with us even when we didn’t see a plant, bird or other animal that begged to be photographed. We returned home with the feeling that just being in such places had been more than enough.
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Now back in Ohio, we visited one of our favorite spots earlier today. While nuthatches, creepers, and various woodpeckers were present, no Bald Eagles were seen nor did any Scarlet Tanagers show themselves. But we have seen them there before and you never know about tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding, canoeing, Corkscrew Swamp, Florida, Hiking, Six Mile Cypress Slough Tagged: American Avocet, American Ostercatcher, American Wigeon, Bald Eagle, Black and White Warbler, Black Skimmer, Black Vulture, Black-bellied Plover, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Pelican, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Egret, Hermit Thrush, Horned Grebe, Laughing Gull, Least Terns, Little Blue Heron, Mockingbird, Northern Parula Warbler, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Warbler, Piping Plover, Red-cockaded woodpecker, Roseate Spoonbill, Royal Tern, Ruddy Turnstone, Snowy Egret, Swallow-tailed Kite, Tri-color Heron, White Ibis, White Pelican, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
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