Monday, November 9, 2015

Hiking with a Camera

Well, we don’t always set a brisk pace, but it’s nice to take time to enjoy nature.

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These were taken at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and it doesn’t matter how many times you go, you can always see something ‘new’!

I spotted this persimmon tree with the tiniest persimmons I’ve ever seen.

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Who would have thought these trees grew in Florida!

We’ve been able to get out in the mornings for some hikes but hopefully the weather will cool off even more in the week to come. We’ve had temps in the 80s, sometime hitting 90 with high humidity. Hot and oppressive but I won’t complain. It’s a great month to be in Florida.

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We saw a few more deer on this hike too!

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

35 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

What a beautiful place. Hiking and seeing persimmon trees sounds like a delight. I've never seen a persimmon tree. Are they not native to Florida?

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Wow, I didn't know it was still that hot this time of year there. We're seeing frost already.

Diane said...

Kim is right! If you want to cool off, plan a trip to Chicago! Wonderful pictures!

Stacey said...

This is all so pretty! I just think it's so cool that you go hiking all the time with your hubby. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Hiking with a camera is so much fun! Nature always provides beauty. I am so tired of the rain here I'm about to go bonkers...whoops too late!
hugs,
Linda

Montanagirl said...

LOVE your Mosaic - nicely done!!

Susie said...

Diane, I like that you see new things each time to go to the park. I try to do that too. That is some hot temps...we are near 50 today with glorious sunshine. I love it. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

Hi Diane! I have got one question? Did you resist tasting those tiny persimmons?
Keep enjoying your lovely weather and your lovely hikes with your husband!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty butterflies and flowers. This nature preserve sounds like a great place to enjoy the wildlife. The deer are so pretty. Lovley images and mosaics. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Your beautiful mosaic has a taste of everything - love the little birdie.
Love the pastoral scene with the deer too - enjoy your hiking Diane!
Shane x

Primitive Stars said...

Such lovely pictures, makes me happy.Blessings Francine.

Pamela Gordon said...

Those temperatures sound divine to me Diane. LOL Shivering up here most days with the heat on. Lovely photos in your mosaics. I've never seen a persimmon or the tree before. I hope you have a nice week and that the temperatures cool off a bit for you. Hugs. Pam

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Diane,
Wow it sure has been hot by you! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of the pretty trees and deer in your area.
We have very cool weather here.
I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy those hikes.
Julie xo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Getting up early is sort of a requirement in certain Florida seasons .... But wow, it was worth it, as your pictures show. My toes are starting to feel the Oregon chill and I'm dreaming of you know where! Still too much to do and too many people to see here tho .... Next month I hope.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Hi Diane,
I love that you walk daily and spend time with nature, you are so proactive with your health.
Love these sweet deer:)

Happy Texas Hugs,
Jemma

podso said...

You are good at spotting things on your hikes. Great photos! Glad the weather is getting a little cooler.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My husband loves persimmons and we just bought a tray of them at Costco. I've never seen them so small, Diane. Everything looks so green and lush there!

NanaDiana said...

I didn't realize that persimmons grew that far South! Who knew? Well,at least not me. they look like really miniature oranges, don't they?
The scenery is the best part of hiking, I think. xo Diana

acorn hollow said...

my friend is in Florida on the gulf and she said it has been hotter than usual. But very nice sighs for sure. It is good get out.
Cathy

Inger said...

The photo of the bird in the mosaic is stunning.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Persimmons are in our markets now. I saw some the other day. They don't grow up here because it's too cold. I don't really see what the big deal about them is. It seems like an awful lot of work to get those seeds out of there.

Lorrie said...

It sounds so hot! I hope it cools off for you soon. Those tiny persimmons are cute! You have a good eye to catch those little things.

Gina said...

So pretty! I don't think I've ever seen a persimmons tree.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So nice to get out in nature and enjoy the beauty! The deer in the wildflowers are so lovely. I hope it cools off for you soon. We are having a stormy week with heavy snow in the mountains, but just rain and mist here. Those persimmons would make a pretty addition to the holiday decor! Hugs xo Karen

Deborah Montgomery said...

I've never tried a persimmon (I actually just had to look it up to make sure you actually eat them -- haha!).
You have a beautiful spot to hike there, with so many beauties to take pictures of. Glad it's cooling down a little there. It's cooling down in Michigan, too! :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - some great photos - those are indeed tiny persimmons - just doll size I suspect. Hope your weather cools down a bit and hope ours warms up a bit - but we can't expect much of that for the rest of the winter.

cynthia lee designs said...

I just love seeing the photos of your hiking trips.
Hugs,
Cindy

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Preciosas fotos!!!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Your pictures are beautiful! It is wonderful to get out and hike and find such lovely surprises! Those persimmons are quite small, maybe the birds have gotten the bigger ones, lol! Your mosaics of your hike are really nice... and isn't it always a joy to see wildlife as you walk! I enjoyed your post today :)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I didn't realize it would still be so hot in Florida Diane but to get out every day in the fresh air for a hike must be exhilarating - not to mention all the neat things to capture with your new camera!

Donna said...

I couldn't say it better...take time to stop along the way and look at the treasures nature provides. Have a great day my friend!

Carla from The River said...

Hello,
You know what, I do not know what a persimmon is. Are they native to Florida? Do you eat them like an apple? I guess I better do some google searching. :-))
Great photos!

BeachGypsy said...

I love pictures of your hikes!

Sam I Am...... said...

You take the best photographs! You just get better and better. I think you need to enter them in a competition. You would win!!!

Mary Cromer said...

What a wonderful post, and yes, nature is so grand, the best for me to bring pace and tranquility~