Thursday, May 2, 2013

Vacation in South Florida

Trudy and I went on a week-long road trip last month down the southern gulf coast of Florida from Sarasota to Naples. She scored on receiving many stamps in her state park passport book and I harvested hundreds of photos. Here are my favorites.
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Myakka River State Park - Canopy Walkway, Fort Myers
Top-down view of palms
 Tillandsia bromeliad

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota
Moreton bay fig

Sanibel Island
Baily Mathew Shell Museum

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Gator on Wildlife Drive

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
Ferns, ferns, ferns
 Cottonmouth moccasin
Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples
Here is a REALLY scary mosquito model with a
wing span of about 4 feet.
 Strangler fig
 Golden polypody fern
(AKA cabbage palm fern)
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary,
Buttonbush flower
 Roseate spoonbill

Lido Key beaches, Sarasota
Piping plover
 Laughing gull
 My best photo ever of a sandpiper!!!
 Great blue heron stalking a fishermen's bait bucket.


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