A panorama of a fork in the trails taken early Sunday morning during a photographic insect survey of the South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The heat and humidity on the trail ended the photo survey well before noon.
A view across the lake at the Indrio Savannahs. The lake is an artificial construction, being the water filled pit of an old sand mine. A common enough feature in Florida. In fact, developments build around them and call it waterfront property. Sure, why not?
A rare midweek holiday – July 4th – allowed me to pay an early morning visit to the Demonstration Garden at the University of Florida’s IFAS facility outside of Ft. Pierce in a quest to find insects and other small critters for my bug program currently in production. What I remembered as a beautiful walk through native plants and their habitats from a few years ago is now an overgrown morass of invasive exotics with native plants struggling to survive. […]
An almost 180-degree panorama taken from atop the observation tower overlooking the wetlands at the Indrio Savannahs. Although it is only mid-morning, the blazing temperature kept most of the wildlife out of sight and undercover and made the hike out and back one sweaty affair.
Spanish Moss along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports that Spanish Moss is not a moss but a bromeliad. An epiphyte that grows on others plants without relying on them for nutrients, rather taking their moisture and other nutrients from the air and detritus that comes near it. And contrary to popular belief, Spanish Moss is harmless to the plant it is growing on.
Sam and I came upon this Beggar’s Tick (Bidens alba) along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The Florida Wildflower Foundation calls it “…likely the most under-appreciated of all Florida’s native wildflower.”