Random footage and photographs put together to form a highlight video of my time in Florida.
American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis
Photographed in Myakka River State Park, Sarasota.
Driving Through Ocala National Forest
The Ocala National Forest is the second largest nationally protected forest in the U.S. State of Florida. It covers 607 square miles (1,570 km2) of Central Florida. It is located three miles (5 km) east of Ocala and 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Gainesville. The Ocala National Forest, established in 1908, is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River and the southernmost national forest in the continental US. The word Ocala is thought to be a derivative of a Timucuan Indian term meaning "fair land" or "big hammock".
Ocala National Forest
This was on the way back from some of the many springs hidden within the forest.
Lake Louisa State Park is a 4,372-acre (17.69 km2) Florida State Park located south of Clermont, in the northeast corner of the Green Swamp and the southwestern shore of Lake Louisa. It is made up of bald cypress, live oak and saw palmettos. In addition to Lake Louisa, the park contains Hammond Lake, Dixie Lake, Dude Lake, Bear Lake and several smaller lakes.
Two small streams, Big Creek and Little Creek, flow north from the Green Swamp through the park into Lake Louisa. Lake Louisa is the source of the Palatlakaha River, one of the headwaters of the Ocklawaha River.
Spanish moss - Tillandsia usneoides
Spanish moss is a flowering plant that grows upon larger trees, commonly the southern live oak Quercus virginiana or bald cypress Taxodium distichum.
Pickerelweed - Pontederia cordata
There were a few of these still with flowers around Dude Lake in Lake Louisa State Park, although they normally stop flowering towards the end of November.
One of the creeks that flow into Lake Louisa. I always love the dark contrast of the creek water compared to the bald cypress Taxodium distichum trees.
Mature Female Golden Silk Orb-Weaver - Nephila clavipes
This is the only species of golden orb-web spider indigenous to continental North and South America. In the United States it is commonly known as the "banana spider".
The main web of a mature female may be as large as one meter in diameter, not counting the main filaments that anchor the web between trees; such anchor filaments may be two or three meters in length. A yellow pigment in the silk lends it a rich golden glow in suitable lighting.
Gopher Tortoise - Gopherus polyphemus
The gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for at least 360 known other animal species. They are threatened by predation and habitat destruction. This species of gopher tortoise is the state reptile of Georgia and the state tortoise of Florida
Lido Key Beach
Lido Key is a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida in the United States. To its north is Longboat Key, to its east is Bird Key, and St. Armands Key and to its south is Siesta Key. It is part of the city of Sarasota. The island features numerous sandy beaches facing the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a park called "South Lido Park", which has a beach and a woodland trail.
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Lido Key Beach
Sunset over the mangroves accompanied by a small rain shower.
Aerial View of trees within Myakka River State Park
Myakka River State Park
One of the many nature trails. This one follows along the river.