Sharing with SkyWatch Friday:
I have always loved trees.
I remember, as a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was to find a tree with just the right crooked branch. One that curved just enough for me to lie in. I called it my “reading” branch. I would grab a mystery book, climb into my tree and lay there and read. What fun! You would think that time would pass slowly, but it didn’t. Before long it was time to climb down.
I also remember climbing a tree in my Brownies’ uniform/dress and falling out of it, splat! It knocked the wind out of me, but I didn’t hold a grudge against the tree!
These days I just love to take photos of gorgeous trees.
Do you have a favorite tree experience?
The sunsets, at Lake Louisa State Park, this week haven’t been very pretty or just non-existence, because of heavy cloud cover.
Tonight’s sunset, looking west from the pier at Dixie Lake, paints a different picture! It was breathtaking.
We are heading out in the morning traveling to Little Manatee River State Park. This will be our first visit to this Florida state park.
A web of silk,
For all who trespass,
A trap to catch my prey,
None the wiser,
On Christmas day we were hiking a trail at Lake Louisa State Park. A foot off the trail, suspended at eye level, was this gorgeous Golden Orb spider. You have to admit she is pretty. I wouldn’t want her touching me, but she was nice to admire and capture with my camera.
A few facts about this gorgeous spider: (taken from the web)
- Physical features: The female generally exhibits yellow spots on a muted orange/tan abdomen (with banded brown and orange legs), and the male is a fairly plain dark brown. The male is 1/2” (12mm) long and the female is much larger, at 1″ to 3″ (25 mm to 75 mm) long. The abdomen on both the male and female Banana spider is 2 1/2 to 3 times as long as it is wide. The female’s legs have brownish stripes with noticeable tufts of black hair on her 1st and last pair of legs. The male has a less colorful appearance, but he also has tufts of black hair on his legs.
- Poisonous: No
- Lives in: warm, sunny climates
- Eats: Like many spiders, prefers to eat flying insects like bees that are attracted to the golden web it weaves. These spiders also go after larger prey like butterflies and moths.
Until next time…
Posted on Monday Macro 2
This little guy says:
the health of me
signifies the health of you
do better, take an oath
Linked to Nature Notes at Rambling Woods
It seems our travels, throughout Florida, have us spending time at Lake Louisa State Park and this year is no exception. A week ago we stayed seven days at Lake Louisa State Park and enjoyed our visit very much. Here we are again, arriving today November 30th, for seven more days.
It is a quite park that offers activities for everyone – lakes for fishing and kayaking, trails for hiking and biking, and camping with horses for trail riding. The primitive horse camp is in addition to the campground.
Some of the hiking trails take you through old growth orange groves and the experience of walking though these groves is a treat. Visit the Lake Louisa State Park web-site for some historical information about the Orange Groves.
Or if you just want to relax all you have to do is walk out on one of the lake piers for some beautiful scenery or sit at the sandy shore of Lake Louisa and gaze out into the horizon.
The park also offers a photographer the opportunity to capture some beautiful sunsets as the sun sets over the lakes.
Lake Louisa State Park is located near lovely Clemont, Florida with its rolling hills and small town atmosphere. It is close to shopping, restaurants and even Disney if one is so inclined to drive the twenty miles.
We enjoy a favorite Asian restaurant located near by. Have been to World of Beer, a Florida original, for some unique beer tasting and have enjoyed other wonderful restaurants in the area. The shopping is convenience and plentiful.
However, our preference is not to be gone from the natural environment of Lake Louisa State Park for too long, but sometimes you just have to venture out and this area is a lovely place to drive around in for whatever you might need. The best of both worlds!
If you don’t have a RV or want to tent camp you may rent one of Lake Louisa’s cabins as seen in the photo below.
I haven’t forgotten to add a bird photo (did you think I forgot?) This beautiful Tri-colored Heron was searching through the reeds in Lake Louisa for food. I captured this photo as we started on a hike near the Lake.
This guy was hanging out near Lake Louisa. I don’t know its name, but it sure had a long tail.
Until next time….