WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: DANGER!

 

Michelle  says share a photo that says Danger! to you.
oh, And use an exclamation mark!
Her’s is a hoot!

 

On my town park walkway, a warning to strollers
of a clear and present danger!
Of course, I nearly walked into the sign.

Toni 5/6/17

 

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: WANDERLUST

EEYORE SHOULD SO GET MORE RECOGNITION FOR HIS BRILLIANCE.

I did some serious listening recently, in palmetto hammocks and oak scrubs.

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ― Dalai Lama

 

You might call it my listening tour of Halpatiokee Regional Park.

 

Remember anthropologist Margaret Mead? She defined ‘listening tour’. She was out there on the Sepik River with a pad and pencil, and every time you see her with the natives of Papua New Guinea, she’s in listening mode.

 

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Halpatiokee is a Seminole word.  It means ‘Alligator Water’.  Yes, they’re there. And they’re listening, too.  Alligators hear with ears that are located behind their eyes and are very sensitive to vibrations in the water.

I hiked the 3-mile trail that runs along the South Fork River and loops back to the trailhead inside this 470- acre wetland preserve.

 

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The area is a step back in time, to the days of old Florida.

 

 

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Like steeping tea bags, cypress trees stain the quiet water a dark brown, but it’s so clear that you can see the fish below.

 

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Some of Florida’s most threatened and endangered species live here, eating and sheltering in scrub areas, like the gopher tortoise and the Florida scrub jay.

I met this guy schlepping back to the scrub.

 

An amazing thing about the gopher tortoise is that it amiably shares its burrow with more than 350 other species. Burrowing owls, Florida mice, indigo snakes, opossums, rabbits, gopher frogs, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and gopher crickets, all enjoy good fellowship underground.

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The gopher tortoise is protected by Florida law. This little shaver depends on it.

 

In the Sunshine State, every day is a perfect day to take a listening tour.

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TONI 4/27/17

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SURPRISE

 

 Jen H. says macro lenses act as a magnifier, allowing us to see the dainty details in nature that otherwise go unnoticed.

I know there are ghost crabs on the beach. These nearly-translucent, lightning-fast crabs dart out of sight when they see me coming.  Nothing like 360-degree swivel-vision to give that little crab the upper hand. So it’s always a treat to spot one during the day.  I watch for its burrow hole and tracks.

 

Joe Burbank captured them on video but he had to shoot at night with a remote-operated, GoPro waterproof, sand-proof camera.

 

 

My photograph has a hidden surprise. It’s gray-white, with touches of light brown and blends in with the sand. Can you find it?

 

Toni 4/16/17