Tag Archives: Orange Groves

~Gobble, Gobble~

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A lovely pair of Wild Turkeys

Lake Louisa State Park, located near Clermont, Florida, has many acres of old-growth Orange Groves, some bordering the main road into the park. Presently, these groves are non-producing, but provide great habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Recently, some of these trees have been uprooted and stacked in piles as you can see in the photo below.

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Uprooted Orange Trees. Rows and rows of them.

I wish the park’s management will allow some of the piles to remain for the wildlife seeking refuge, but I tend to believe they won’t. Better yet, why don’t they plant new trees in their place. They don’t have to replant orange trees.

This is what they looked like  prior to being uprooted.
This is what the field looked like on December 26, 2014 as they began uprooting the trees..

Anyway “Lets Talk Turkey”

Late one evening about one week ago, leaving the guys behind, my friend Karla and I decided to jump in the car and head out in search of a pair of American Kestrels. We had been seeing them daily, when driving in and out of the park.

The Kestrels had been hanging around some of these mangled piles of orange trees, perhaps getting ready to build a nest. They would sit on one of the tallest points of the stack, probably looking for food.  I wanted to capture a photo of them.

On this particular evening we didn’t see the American Kestrel pair, I think it was too late in the day, but we did see this gorgeous couple, along with seven other females, coming out of the woods to forage before roosting for the night. They were pretty far away so my photos aren’t the best. The guys missed out!

To learn more about our Wild Turkeys go to http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/wild-turkey/.

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Wild Turkey Pair

Until Next Time

Stay Frisky

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Maybe she is saying, “pick me instead of her”.

I am sharing this post with Eileen, Viewing nature with Eileen for her Saturday’s Critters at http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/02/saturdays-critters-63.html

 

~Lake Louisa State Park- sunsets, birds, orange groves and move~

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Lake Dixie
The sunset looked like a painting

At the end of the day,

Take a deep breath, 

While lifting your face,

Toward the horizon,

Relax, admire the colors,

Painted across the sky,

Let the beauty bring you joy.

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Miles of Hiking Trails
Miles of Hiking Trails
Howard, Skye and Kloud
Water, Sky and Reeds
Water, Sky and Reeds
Cabins in the background.
Birds (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher)
Birds (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher)
Each day brings a beautiful sunset.
Each day brings a beautiful sunset.

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Lily Pads

Lake Louisa State Park is a gorgeous state park located in Clermont, FL and is one of my favorite! Go out to this web-site and learn about the park’s history.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/lakelouisa/default.cfm

(from the Web) A short drive from Orlando, this park is noted for its beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa, the largest in a chain of 13 lakes, is designated an Outstanding Florida Water Way. Lake Louisa, Lake Hammond and Lake Dixie, the park’s most accessible lakes, provide opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Anglers can fish in four of the park’s six lakes, but gasoline powered engines are not allowed. Primitive camping facilities are available for equestrians. For hikers, there are more than 25 miles of trails. The park also has a full-facility 60-site campground and 20 furnished cabins for rent.

Enjoy each moment!