Thursday, December 8, 2016

Halpata Tastanaki Preserve, The Pruitt Trailhead

We drove over to the Pruitt Trailhead this week and the prairies were just beautiful.

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The Pruitt Trailhead is named in memory of Mark Huntington Pruitt, the son of Dr. Crayton Pruitt and Frances Pruitt, former landowners of 8,110 acres now known as the Halpata Tastanaki Preserve.

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Sometimes it looks like something from ‘the Old West’!

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A lot of the fields are brown or golden right now.

And I got a few pics of this little flycatcher, he posed on an old barbed wire fence.

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But look how blue his beak looks in this one! (I think the light was playing tricks)

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It was a beautiful day to be out on the trails!

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Gosia is doing Good Fences HERE now! Thanks Gosia!

27 comments:

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

I love how you show us a side of Florida most of us never see. I love the "natural" state of things in every state! LOL! Good fences too! I have to catch up with you too! So glad to be back.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Brown, but a great place to get some exercise...huh :)

Stephanie said...

A beautiful day, indeed! Your photos are lovely, my friend. Today is very cold! We woke up to -6 degrees....brrrr! Enjoy the sunshine!

Hugs to you!

Susie said...

Diane, Some of your photos never look like Florida to me. Funny how we have the image of beaches when thinking of Florida. I love the pretty bird pic. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Linda Kay said...

Great fences and grasslands, and a lovely bird.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Gorgeous! And oh my goodness... your dolls are too cute. There is an American Girl store here now, and I stop in just to look about twice a month when I am that shopping center. Someday, I will get my self one. My daughter's are put away for now. xoxo Su

Christine said...

This looks like a wonderful wilderness park to explore! Great photos & fences & sweet wee bird watching the camera!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a great place to walk!! And thanks for telling me about Good Fences. I'll have to join in next time.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

You are enjoying beautiful warm weather in a beautiful preserve! What a wonderful place for a walk. Your bird photo is lovely. I hope you are enjoying the days leading up to Christmas! ♥

Carla from The River said...

Great photos!
I like the one with the flycatcher as you are looking thru the fence. Great capture!
Carla

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great photos - love the cute little bird. It is a lovely time of year in your area - much warmer than we are - and we are expecting snow and then freezing rain tomorrow - we are well stocked in groceries - and if the power stays on we will be warm. Have a great upcoming weekend my friend - I think I'll go and bake something yummy. Come over for a cup of tea.

Gina said...

Diane, the clouds and blue sky look so cheerful. We've had gray clouds and brrr chilly weather. {{HUGS}}

podso said...

I always enjoy your photos, showing a side of FL I don't see. I hope it wasn't too hot out on your hike.

Linda H said...

Oh you are so lucky to live where the hiking season is long... it's getting mighty frosty for anything but a short hike here... Thanks for the lovely photos!

Red Rose Alley said...

So nice that you take a walk on the trails now and then. You see so many interesting and lovely creatures when out in nature. And this creamy colored bird is one of them.

~Sheri

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane, lovely prairie pics you captured and they could easily be right here in Texas. Looks like you are enjoying some beautiful weather. We got cold here and expecting a deep freeze tonight. I guess we knew the warm weather wasn't going to last forever. Have a nice weekend sweet friend. Hugs

Kathy said...

That is beautiful country. And of course you got a bird. You always show birds I am not familiar with. This one is really pretty.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Diane

You photos do look like western landscape--very much tlike the prairies here!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful images from your walk. Great fence finds and a pretty bird. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Marie C said...

Appreciated your last comment and I have been trying to visit a few people as I can, even though I haven't been posting. When was your husband in Nam? How awesome that he was a doorgunner too! Love your beautiful post. Really lovely place! I actually did my last post on 22 Nov. and haven't gotten a single comment because people are expecting me to be totally gone. :-) I have been packing like crazy! We've had several delays in leaving, but are finally getting on the road this coming Tuesday. Very excited and can't wait to get there!

bj said...

how fun to go out on a pretty day in Dec and see this beautiful scenery...love the fence...didn't know who would take Good Fences so thanks for letting us know.
I miss Tex and wonder if she will blog again....Have a great weekend

Debbie said...

pretty images - i was thinking wild, wild west!! how nice of you to continue with good fences!!

Happyone said...

Nice collection of fence photos.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh Diane - they are all such lovely photo's, and thanks for giving us a little History about the place too.

All the best Jan

Vee said...

He's a cute little fellow with his fancy blue~gray beak. Maybe it was reflecting the sky. Ha!

doodles n daydreams said...

I haven't managed to get out walking much lately so enjoy looking at your 'trails'. Have a good weekend.

Diana

Jill Harrison said...

our paddocks are browning off too very quickly now that summer is here. Have a fabulous weeked and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.