Monday, April 5, 2021

Meeting hikers along the way!

 
We started hiking Halpata Tastanaki Preserve from the Pruitt Trailhead. 


Just as we have done many times before. 


When we got out of our vehicle, a young man was finishing his hike and he had a nice camera with a zoom lens. I asked him if he had seen anything interesting. He asked me what I considered interesting. I said, deer, wild boar, birds? He said he had seen 2 Sandhill Cranes. It made me think about the hikes when we don't see anything unusual...like this particular hike. It was very windy and warm and we walked a little faster than usual.

But we stopped when something caught our eye...


like the shade going across the trail...


or the brown grasses in the field...


or the Wooly PawPaw blooming...


and the large arrowhead that was carved from an old tree.


All of the interesting things you see when you get out in nature.


I appreciate the nice compliments many of you have made on my banner. So I thought I would tell you what you are seeing.

 
This is a paved trail, a portion of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway for hikers and bikes, near the 49th Ave trailhead. The speed limit is for bikes obviously (no vehicles allowed). The tunnel goes under a street, 49th Ave and the little roof you see is an information kiosk. We were finishing our hike and I turned around and marveled at how GREEN it looked that day! And how beautiful.


Which road do you travel?

Do you stop along the way to take notice of the things you see.

I'm joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE . 

I'm linking with All Seasons at the Jesh Studio,


AND my Monday post HERE.

40 comments:

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Yes, I see interesting things wherever I go. You and I are so much alike in that we "see" things in God's creation that others just don't notice...I am thankful for that GIFT, because I believe it IS a gift from God to enjoy His world and to share it with others. Thank you for being faithful to this trust that God has placed in you. Keep taking those pictures!! They are a blessing to us.

Sandra said...

i stop at any and all and everything. i can't even walk a block in our neighborhood without pausing to see something. even trash piles are interesting. love the bridge photo and especailly in the collage. cool.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Love that arrowhead. My granddad was a big arrowhead collector and I am always reminded of him when I see them. I love that you have so many paved walking areas. Not many around here and as I get older I like the pavement for walking.

Tom said...

...looks like summer! enjoy your week Diane.

Martha said...

Beautiful! The bridge photo is my favorite. Have a great week!

Rain said...

I'm so envious of your hikes!!! :) What a lovely trail....I'm like you, I notice every little thing I pass by...I'm so grateful when I can get out in nature! Lovely photos!

Gillena Cox said...

Beautiful greens and blues. Thanks for dropping by my blog today. Happy Easter

much love...

Sandy said...

Yes, just being outside in nature does it for me. I rarely take a walk that I don't see something that I like. Wonder if it is my age?!

Olde Dame Holly said...

I sometimes feel like I am part crow or packrat, because I am always seeing something that is very interesting to me, although I think most people would wonder why! And especially in the border area, where there doesn't seem to be very much of anything but bare dirt, I treasure what might be considered ordinary things, like the strong shade across the path that you photographed, or a patch of mica in the desert. I love the mosaic you made of the trail running under the road.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
I am always looking for interesting things while out hiking. You never know what you might see. I like the bridge photo and mosaic. I guess the Sandhill Cranes are a common sight to see in Florida, I would enjoy seeing them. Have a great day and a happy new week!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

it is very interesting all the things you see on a hike

NatureFootstep said...

lol, you see nature the same way I do. I would probably taken more or less the same shots. But maybe added some back lit ones. Love the Arrowhead. What a lovely sculpture.

Loved your mosaic. :)

Terri D said...

Lovely and interesting, as always! Thanks for always taking us along! xo

SImple and Serene Living said...

That is such a beautiful photo. I love stopping to look at things along the way. xo Laura

Lowcarb team member said...

Its always so nice to get out and about.
Love the photographs you share, that bridge is brilliant.
Love the mosaics too.

Enjoy the week ahead.

All the best Jan

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

The bridge pathway has a nice easy summer vibe. Good photo

Ann said...

It's amazing how many interesting things you can see if you take the time to look around. That arrowhead tree carved from an old tree is amazing.

happyone said...

Always something interesting to see wherever you walk.
Such a beautiful trail to walk along.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

You spotted some lovely things on your hike. Great photos! We look forward to hearing the flocks of Sandhill Cranes going overhead as they fly north. They have such a distinct cry as they fly. It's a joy to hear them.

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead, Diane.
Brenda xo

lesh Stgermain said...

If I am hiking, I look at everything (because I don't like to walk,haha). Yes, Immediately your new header caught my eye, and I like that it ends up in the arch at the bottom! The large arrowhead is interesting! And pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing your hike with us for All Seasons and your kind comment to me:) Have a fun week, Jesh

stardust said...

On opening your blog, I was attracted by the banner, the beautiful shades of green above the tunnel. Thanks for the explanation. Your hikes are always full of something interesting and inspiring, and mine, too. I love the kaleidoscopic green mosaic.

Yoko

Angie said...

Diane - I can relate to the question from your fellow hiker. I have had the exact same experience - and I was asking others if they had seen anything special!!! It helps to be reminded that every moment in nature is special!

And I want to remind you how much I appreciate your weekly participation in Mosaic Monday. It is a joy!

Linda said...

That arrowhead is intriguing. I love your mosaics.

handmade by amalia said...

Hope you had a lovely Easter, dear Diane.
Amalia
xo

EricaSta said...

Hope you have had fine Easter?

...and I agree, there are different meaning what will be interesting. But to speak with some persons around a walk for example is always a good idea.

I enjoyed reading so much.

Happy MosaicMonday

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I suppose that what is "interesting" is always in the eye of the beholder, and it is often clear to me that what I view as interesting doesn't fit someone else's definition!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I enjoy your Mosaic Monday posts. The arrowhead is so cool...I wonder who made it?

Gone Tropical said...

Beautiful pictures of Nature, and so true, blue sky, grass, shadows, all is worth a stop and a closer look. This Nature Preserve is about a 2 hour drive for us, I'll put it on my must-see list :-)

Teresa said...

Me encanta fijarme en todo lo que encuentro en el camino. Tu paseo me parece precioso. Besos.

Creations By Cindy said...

You amaze me and inspire me with your hiking and trails and pictures. I love it at how you embrace life lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Red Rose Alley said...

That tree carved in the shape of an arrowhead is really neat. Your Header is very pretty Diane. I love tunnels, especially enclosed ones that go on for awhile. Everything looks so green.

Have a good rest of the week.

~Sheri

Lorrie said...

The natural world is so full of interesting and amazing things! You showcase your delight in all of the photos you share. It's a good thing to stop and take notice of our environment.

Debbie said...

I love the way you see everything as interesting on your hikes! Anything in creation is considered beautiful! From the grasses, to the soaring birds! All of your photos are lovely...I appreciate the way you put it all together. xo

grammajudyb said...

Thanks for the fabulous post! I love seeing the things you see on your hikes. It’s wonderful to be able to “stop and smell the roses”. The woolly paw-paw is a new to me plant. Our daughter lives in the Kissimmee area and sent photos recently of a crane and a baby. Of course, once in a while alligators and always crawly things. All new to them since they moved from Colorado and Wyoming!
Keep on posting about your part of the world! I like it! !

Vee said...

An enjoyable and thought-provoking read. I am not as present and aware as I would like to be. Watching squirrels run up and down trees is mind-numbing. 😏

Sharon Wagner said...

I love the arrowhead sculpture. I've never seen that done before.

Susie of Arabia said...

Looks like a nice trail to hike when the weather is good. We lived in the Miami area for 15 years. I've gotta say I don't miss hurricane season!

Aunt Helen said...

The roads I travel now, are few and far between. But, in the past I have traveled many a mile! Most were by car, some by airplane, and some by ship. They are all captured in my many photo albums! What wonderful memories I have of our many trips. The Arrowhead carved from a tree was outstanding! I love it when you see new and amazing sights. Keep on hiking. Love, Aunt Helen

Edna B said...

I'm catching up with your posts. And yes, nature has some of the most wonderful surprises for us if we just take the time to look. Nature really is quite beautiful. Those bird shots are wonderful. I've never seen those mating rituals before. Very interesting. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is such a good reminder to notice and appreciate the wonders of nature! And to remember that they don’t have to be unusual or grand In scope. Life is good!