Visiting family in Southwest Florida last week gave me some much-needed quiet time outside. There are so many special places in this part of the world…so different from the ecosystems here at home, and I love the way Florida nature feels so quiet and so loud all at once.
Want to wander in the swamp with me a little? Come on…I’ll bring the sunscreen & bug spray…
This great blue heron was wading in Myakka River State Park. I loved his reflection.
Turtles sunbathing just off the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk in the Fakahatchee Strand. Note the second one in line with his arms and legs stretched out. I think he looks like he is playing Superman…or doing yoga.
Later, we took a walk on the Naples Fishing Pier and saw this brown blob coming our way…
Can you tell what it is? How about now?
Stingrays. There must have been more than a hundred in this school. They swam right up under the pier, turning and swirling as if they were in a ballet. Or a poem,maybe. At any rate, they were magnificent.