Tuesday, June 29 2021

Marsh Rabbit

I was surprised to learn that the Marsh Rabbit, unlike the Eastern Cottontail is a strong swimmer that lives near wetlands where they eat on a variety of plants.

Monday, June 28 2021

Air Plants

Air plants are epiphytes, which basically means they grow on and around trees, but they’re not parasitic. Instead, they take in nutrients via their leaves from the air and occasional rainfall. As is evidenced by this photo, Air Plants can be found in South Florida.

Rye Grass

I believe this is wild Rye Grass but I'm not positive. I do find it attractive which I am positive.

Monarch Butterfly

The warm climate and continuous growing season in South Florida keep the Monarch Butterfly hanging around throughout the year. Monarchs migrating from Canada and the northeast, like many tourists, come and stay, bolstering the population. Although the north and central Florida cold winter temperatures can kill them, monarchs from South Florida and those migrating from Mexico repopulate the area.

Gaudy Sphinx Moth

One morning I stepped out my front door to find this Gaudy Sphinx Moth on the wall which was quite a surprise since it was nearly the size of my palm.

Burmese Python

Tens of thousands of invasive Burmese pythons are estimated to be present in the Everglades and are threatening the fragile Everglades ecosystem. They prey on small mammals, bird eggs, and the natural balance of the ecosystem. In the remote southernmost regions of Everglades National Park, populations of raccoons had dropped 99.3 percent, opossums 98.9 percent, and bobcats 87.5 percent since 1997. Marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits, and foxes effectively disappeared.

Curly Tail Lizard

Curly-tailed lizards were introduced to Florida in the early 1940s to combat sugar cane pests. As is typically the case this was a mistake. Curly Tail Lizards are omnivorous and they will eat insects, flowers, fruit, smaller lizards, and human food. The result appears to be that where they are found, no other lizards can be found.

C.R.E.W. Rookery

The C.R.E.W. Rookery, one of the places I visit frequently, is a maple/cypress swamp that is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and more.

Sweetwater Strand

A Strand is a type of swamp in Florida that forms a linear drainage channel on flatlands. In a forested wetland ecological habitat, strands occur on land areas with high water tables where the lack of slope prevents stream formation.

Everglades Fire

Fires in the Everglades, like fires in forests, are necessary to keep it healthy by destroying the growth of plants that intrude into areas that would disrupt the delicate balance of the environment.

Glossy Ibis

I didn't know the Glossy Ibis existed until seeing this one in Central Florida. Apparently they don't spend time in South Florida where the White Ibis is plentiful.

Double-crested Anhinga

The Double-crested Anhinga, like the Cormorant, doesn't have waterproof feathers and has to dry them in the sun as shown in this photo.

Great Blue Heron

Until seeing this Great Blue Heron walking in the woods I didn't realize how well they blend into it's surroundings.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron’s are brown overall with streaking and spotting and the stout black bill they are known for.

Royal Terns

A flock of Royal Terns is known as a “highness,” well befitting its regal name.

Sunday, June 27 2021

Comorant

The Double-crested Cormorant's feathers are not waterproof allowing it to swim low in the water, often with just its neck and head visible.

Florida Cardinal

Who doesn't enjoy seeing a Cardinal ?

Jacaranda

I hear quite a few Florida transplants say they miss the Fall colors of where they lived previously. I understand but the colorful trees such as this Jacaranda easily make up for that for me.

Interesting White Flower

I have no idea what this flower is but I do know I took it at the Naples Botanic Gardens and find it as interesting now as I did then.

Alligator Flag Flower

The Alligator Flag plant has large simple leaves on long stalks. The leaves can be up to eight inches wide and more than 2 1/2 feet long. Several leaves growing together are sheathed at the base. Alligator Flag Flower's are quite tiny in contract to its large leaves.

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