Monday, September 14, 2020

Let's go hiking at Ross Prairie!


I haven't been to Ross Prairie this summer because it's a 'hot hike'! 


But I wanted to walk down the trail and look for mushrooms,


so off I went.


Come on into the woods with me!


It was surprisingly pleasant. I wouldn't call it cool but it wasn't the blazing sun either and there was a hint of a breeze.


And mushrooms? 


I saw them everywhere!


And I saw the sweet lady with her daughter leaving when I got there. (I usually see her at Pruitt!)


And one lady on a horse. They were the only people I saw while I was there! No problem with social distancing here on a summer day in North Central Florida! 


But beauty everywhere you look!


I'll sneak a few more mushroom mosaics here and there.


 I almost forgot about this little girl I saw from a distance.


There's something very peaceful and calming about being in the deep woods. Don't you agree?

I'm joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE . 

I'm linking with All Seasons at the Jesh Studio too!


43 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

Happy hiking Diane. Thanks for today's photo share

Much💛love

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I've loved the last few days with the temperatures down in the 80's. Beautiful post, love the mushrooms

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane,

Another great hike, hubby and I enjoy looking for the various mushrooms. Cute shot of the little girl on her scooter. Pretty horse and I love the sky shot. Great images and pretty mosaics. Take care, enjoy your new week!

Sandra said...

this is MY kind of place to hike. I love it when the path tis a path, unchanged by humans, paved or boardwalks make me crazy. this is perfect and wow on no need for social distancing... i love your header photo. gorgeous.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

That horse and rider is a great photograph. I love to see a beautiful horse.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

That is beautiful. I didn't know there were "woods" at Ross Prairie. I thought it was just a prairie, so I never went there. Gee...I missed it. Love the mushrooms, and the horse and rider, and I hope there was someone with that little girl on her scooter. I'm sure there was. She looks so happy and free! Oh to be a little girl on a scooter again! Thanks for sharing. Loved these pictures.

Tom said...

...love scenes, thanks a bunch for taking my along!

Vee said...

Yes, there is, but I don't enjoy hiking to get there. 🙃 The red mushroom looks so much like a fallen autumn leaf. Love that photo of the little girl on her scooter...just marvelous!

Marcia said...

There are so many beautiful mushrooms in the world. I notice them when hiking too. Great photos.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Great pictures. A steady flow of people is a good hike. The place looks magical. Beautiful horse.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Beautiful.....

Best people sighting is the little girl on her scooter! It so expresses the feeling of..... "A Bit of Freedom" in this Wuhan Virus Pandemic!!! ~smile~

~happy sigh~

🍂🍁💛🍁🍂

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

I loved walking in the woods with you, so peaceful and so beautiful. There sure were a ton of mushrooms too! Thanks for taking us along. Have a great week :)

Inger said...

Before I even came to the picture of the little girl, I thought this looks like a fairy tale place, the woods so entangled in branches and leaves, mushrooms on the ground. When the little girl showed up, I knew I was right, a fairy tale place for sure.

Barbara said...

Mushrooms. Hmm. I would not have thought to go looking for them. I just saw a bunch of them in our lawn this afternoon while I was pulling weeds in the rock bed. Mine were all orange -- not the lovely variety you found.

Debbie said...

oh i do agree!! it is nice to see the little girl on the scooter, with her dress swaying in the breeze. that picture is so magical!!

you did see a lot of fancy fungi, this is the time of year i see them up here too!! it looks like a lovely place to walk, i hope you return again, the pictures are beautiful!!

Debbie said...

i am hoping for a bike ride today, fingers crossed!!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

You took such a nice hike to a beautiful park. You get to see a lot of interesting things on your hikes. Hope you have a nice week.

NanaDiana said...

What wonderful pictures, Diane. I have missed visiting! You got some amazing pictures and I actually love the one of the little girl scooting along!
We do love the woods and just picked up a permanent site for a camper unit in the woods. We won't use it until next spring but it will be there waiting for us.

We saw a tiny bright orange tree frog for the first time last week. It was the first time I ever saw an orange one!

Hope you have a beautiful week and don't get the rains from the storms off shore. xo Diana

Terri D said...

That looks like a fun place for a hike!! I don't know mushrooms from toadstools but you found some good specimens of fungus! That little girl sure looked like she was having fun on her scooter! Thanks for taking us along!!

Edna B said...

The blue sky with all its fluffy white clouds is always so beautiful in Florida. And I love the trees, especially the ones with all the moss hanging from their limbs. You can have the mushrooms, I'll take the rest. I really miss coming to Florida. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Carla from The River said...

I love the color of the horse. All the photos are fun. I like how you captured the little girl speeding along on her scooter.
Fun!

Ann Thompson said...

What a nice looking park and you had a beautiful day to explore

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You spotted so many wonderful and colorful mushrooms, Diane! I am always surprised to see them growing here in Colorado as we usually do not have much moisture, but I imagine your weather produces many of them around the pines and other trees. This would definitely be a hike I'd love to take!

Susie said...

Diane, The little girl on the scooter looked so sweet in motion. Wow you saw lots of mushrooms. The sky shot is wonderful. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

happyone said...

Another great place for hiking. Mushroom come in so many different sizes and colors. Interesting and beautiful.

Sandi Magle said...

Wow, the new camera has really opted your wonderful photo op-eye! I can't get over the detaisl...enjoying all your posts, here in Chicagoland, Sandi

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! lots of mushrooms and great photos ~ love the horse ~ Wonderful post ~ ^_^

Live each moment with love,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Angie said...

Diane - what a wonderful job matching the mushrooms to the other photos. I really liked the photo of the young lady on the scooter - such joy! And the horse is a spectacular beauty. Thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday, my friend!

Linda said...

A lovely post!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Seems odd to call it a prairie when all I see is woodland.

Dawn said...

Our yard two weeks ago was covered in so many different varieties of mushrooms, this week they have all rotted or disappeared. But with this week being all rain, I'm sure there will be more next week.
Love that you have so many places to go hike.
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Creations By Cindy said...

Great pictures and I love those trees! We went bow hunting for three days and I was shocked that we had such a wonderful breeze. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Definitely I agree. What a lovely hike .... the mushrooms are such a fun find.

Debbie said...

i hope you guys enjoy the book...i always get a little nervous when i recommend something!!!

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

Did you pick any mushrooms? I have been foraging once in a forest - but with someone who knew what was safe and what was not :)

Janey and Co. said...

Well that was a beautiful post! I always enjoy your positive attitude, and of course your beautiful pictures.I know it was a treat to see the lady on horseback. Have a wonderful rest of the week...Janey

handmade by amalia said...

Oh, this is lovely. Autumn is the nicest time of year for being outside and hiking.
Amalia
xo

Jeanie said...

You found some beauties. I love the mushrooms and how they are all so different from each other!

Crafty in the Med said...

I so agree with you where you mention the relaxing,peaceful sensation which a walk in the woods produces. I must say I miss the woods tremendously. Back home in the UK when I was a child a walk up the woods was a matter of out of my back door, cross the road and up the woodland path and I could walk for miles under a green canopy. The Mediterranean is so different! It has its own beauty of course.I see similarities in this terrain which I have enjoyed visiting through your post and beautiful photos. As for the Mushrooms....what a variety and I rather like the way you have paired the mushrooms with each photo. keep well Amanda x

Teresa said...

Me parece que fue un bonito paseo. Besos.

Jeannie said...

My favorite! Of all the hikes you have taken, this one has been my favorite. I really liked the moss hanging on the trees.
Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

Red Rose Alley said...

Those trees are so unusual and mysterious. Those orange mushrooms match the rider's orange shirt - what a cool mosaic that is. I'm glad you had a pleasant walk and there was a bit of a breeze. So many different kinds of mushrooms grow there. Yes, there's something about the woods and forest that is so peaceful and calming. : )

~Sheri

EricaSta said...

It's always a pleasure to visit your blog... when I was younger, I love riding. The walk through this wood give me a wonderful mood in your captures.

Stay healthy and well.

Happy MosaicMonday