Thursday, November 30, 2023

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

I wanted to dedicate this post to the Greenway and share some of my favorite photos from my hikes there.

Of course I spent hours looking at 'favorite pics'!

I've been hiking the greenway for almost 10 years so I had trouble deciding which to share.

Please click on the link HERE to read the facebook page started by the Greenway Guardians. Duke Energy is proposing a project to build high voltage power lines THROUGH the Greenway! As you can imagine this would be disastrous to wildlife, birds, wildflowers and plants. Thanks go those fighting to preserve the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. 

And join me down memory lane as I share a few of my sightings.

White tailed Deer

Bald Eagle

One of my favorite sightings!

Fox Squirrel

These squirrels can be spotted all through the Greenway. My girlfriend saw one a couple of weeks ago and said it was the largest one she had ever seen! I'm still on the look out for that one!

Barred Owl

Florida Scrub Jay

The Greenway habitat is very important for this rare bird!

Red headed Woodpeckers up on the hill!

I've named this hill the Bluebird of Happiness Hill!

Eastern Bluebirds

Gopher Tortoise

Longspurred Mint

One of my favorite sightings was this Florida Bobcat. I'll include a link to the bobcat story HERE in case you missed it!

Florida Bobcat

What a treasure this Greenway is to our community and to our state of Florida.

49th Ave Trailhead 

I've met people from all over the country (and the world) that visit Florida and walk or ride bikes on the Greenway. It is a treasure worth preserving!

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Gratitude, each and every day!

 I've always known I am blessed and I live my life thankful for all of my blessings every day of my life. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving week and spend some time doing things you enjoy with someone you love. 

I'll share some photos we've taken this past week on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

There are still lots of wildflowers blooming with butterflies fluttering!

It's a wonderful time of the year to be in Florida. The weather is gorgeous!

I've seen some pretty Warblers of course!

And watched the deer on the trails.

Hubby even photographed me walking with the deer.

I was trying to get closer for better photos! 

Sending out lots of love to all of my family and friends, wishing them a week of Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for everyone that visits my blog too. You bless me when you take the time to visit my blog and leave a nice comment. It sure makes my day!

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Feathers and Fuzzies

We see some unusual sights when we hike and one thing I find interesting is the feathers on the trail.

I don't see one every time I hike, so I've been saving these photos for about a month. 

It's hard to know what bird they come from but it's fun to speculate!

Do you see one you can identify?

And then there are the fuzzies.

I had no idea what this was until I did an online search.

Salt Marsh Tiger Moth

I found a good website for the ID HERE.

It's fun to spot caterpillars in the tall grasses too.

Something just draws your eye to them.

How about these?

Can you spot two of them?

And just for fun, a titmouse flew towards me and I think I involuntarily took a pic! lol

It's a beautiful Fall in Florida, cooler temps and even some much needed rain showers.

Photos taken from Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. 

"Happy Hiking"

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Halpata Tastanaki Preserve "What's new?"

I had another post planned with some neat sightings from this past week's hiking but then I drove over to HTP and hiked from the Pruitt trailhead. 

Eastern Phoebe

And I wanted to dedicate a post to this one hike. 

A new 'bright blue' sign! WOW!

I still won't have space to share it all but I'll share some highlights.

Gulf Frittilary 

And now are you ready for this?

Queen Butterfly

It had some of the darkest and richest colors I've ever seen!

Some views of the underside of the wings!

It stayed in the same area...thank you very much!

The weather is still mild here and there are lots of wildflowers and butterflies! 

And now for an update on the honey bees swarming in a tree along the trail.

They usually send their scouts out to find a hollow tree or good place to build a hive.

But these are starting to build a hive right where they are so that was a surprise! There's an abundance of wildflowers in this area but it still seems like an odd place for a hive.

So a hike that lasted less than 2 hours produced a lot of neat sightings and a LOT of photos!

When you hike, you always have something interesting to talk about.

Have you seen some amazing sights this week too?

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