Crossing paths with a wild hog mother accompanied by her many children along the trail at the Circle B Bar Reserve. These animals are not native to Florida or the Americas and are believed to be descended from the swine brought by early Spanish Explorers and subsequent settlers that escaped into the wild making for a modern day nuisance as far as the native habitats are concerned. An environment these animals love to dig up in their foraging for food.
A mad dash for the camera and a few shots through the tinted office door window documented one of the occasional visit by the Black Racer snake to the breezeway at Audubon House. Any attempt to open the door to get a clearer shot would have seen the snake race away at lightning speed out of sight into the bushes.
Spanish moss seen in the late afternoon light at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). From the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences: Despite its name, Spanish moss is not a moss but a bromeliad — a perennial herb in the pineapple family. Most bromeliads, including Spanish moss, are epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on other plants, but do not rely on them for nutrients. They take nutrients from the air and debris that collects on the plant. Spanish […]