Every time we talked about taking a nature walk at
Sawgrass Lake Park together last week, the sky
darkened and the flood gates opened.
So one afternoon, I grabbed my camera and
headed for the park by myself, hoping the weather
would hold for an hour or two.
The reception committee:)
I was glad I had remembered to bring my water
bottle, because it was hot and my bottle was empty
by the time I headed for my car.
Wildflowers in bloom everywhere
Along the way,
I was stopped by a couple of tourists asking
for directions and whether I'd seen any alligators.
The little boy's eyes lit up when I told him where
to look for the mama alligator hanging out near
Here she is keeping a wary eye on me ...
I always enjoy the scenery and
the Spanish moss hanging from the trees.
I attempted a shot at one of the dragonflies.
... one blue - one brown ...
See who's taking a stroll on the railing of the
A skink - rainbow colored and wet looking
Sawgrass Lake Park is a wonderful place for
A kormoran was preening - by the lake.
A white egret - near the water.
I decided to take my favorite trail ...
a path lined by pine trees.
By the pond I discovered a pretty wildflower which
looked like a queen holding court ....
I was careful not to get too close,
because of the alligators.
See the Danger "Do not molest the Alligator" sign
Across the way ...
A muskovie duck - cruising for food.
I noticed some movement along the water's edge ...
Oh cool, one of my favorite small waterfowl.
Moving quickly ....
I hardly had time to focus before he flew off.
The interesting thing about this park is that you never
know what you might encounter, every visit is a fresh
and unique experience.
Bridge - reflections ...
This free nature park is located in St. Petersburg,
FL and well worth a visit, especially if you are into
birds and alligators.
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All images © Rose H.