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 April 20, 2016
Recently we visited one of our local metro parks for what turned out to be a more difficult than expected hike. The idea was to look for spring wildflowers and migrating warblers. A few days later, after recovering from the hike, we found ourselves paddling the shoreline of a local reservoir again looking for signs of spring.
Most trees have yet to leaf out which, as the days slowly go by, leaves us wishing things would hurry up. It’s hard not to embrace the idea that nothing says spring like green translucent leaves “stain glassed” by the shadows of branches and light from a low morning sun. However, if one is a wildflower enthusiast you want those ground dwelling plants to have their time in the sun, so no leaves for awhile please. Besides, the bare branches also make migrating birds easier to spot.
We have started hearing, and sometimes seeing, warblers along with a few of the other small migrants.
There were also other suspects:
Larger birds were also in attendance.
Warmer midday temperatures mean more butterflies. They are also seen earlier in the day, defying what seem like way too cool temperatures. Below are three of the many species seen in recent days.
While the canopy is still bare there are things to be seen on the forest floor.
Today, a hike in Clifton Gorge treated us to more beautiful wildflowers, but they will have to wait for another post.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Hiking in Ohio, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: American Lady, Bloodroot, Bluets, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Club Moss, Double-crested Comorant, Duskywing, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron, Large-flowered Trillium, Mallard Duck, Morning Cloak, Red-tailed Hawk, Reindeer Lichen, Tree Swallow, Trout Lilly, Wintergreen, Yellow-throated Warbler
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