Look, a garden snake!
It truly seems like a place time has forgotten. There is lichen that looks like it comes from another planet:
Our neighbor brings me bags' full of road oranges.
I spend a lot of time looking down while I am walking out in the woods. You know why? Because you get to see all kinds of critter tracks out there! There are tons of tracks of the human and canine variety. But today, I stumbled upon these:
Millipede tracks! I only know this, as Bud and I watched one last night as it walked (?) across the sand. They are about 4 to 5 inches long, and make centipedes look tiny.
I also saw this on the trail:
I was serenaded by the Sandhill cranes while I was out walking. They were close by, but I could never catch a glimpse of them. I am sure they have a nest out there somewhere. I did catch a glimpse of these, however;
Sandhill Crane prints! Cool, huh? There is also another millipede trail along the top, and a size 7 Birkenstock print on the bottom right.
You have probably heard about the sinkholes in Florida. They are very real. There are at least two of them out in the woods. Here is one I found today. It is about three feet deep.
I could have taken more pictures, but the battery was running low. I love walking the trails. Bud? Not so much. It can be a little unnerving out there. The sound of the lizards in the undergrowth produces a noise much louder than you think little lizard would make. And there are all kinds of wildlife out there: wild pigs, bear, alligators. The trails run close to the lake in some places, and the alligators come into the woods to lay their eggs in the sandy soil. And since it is that time of year...and the bugs. Yeah, it is Florida, and after all the rain, there are lots of skeeters, gnats, and love bugs. And the ever-present fire ants. You have to watch where you are walking as they are everywhere.
That said, it won't keep me out of the woods. It really calms me out there. I am, after all, a nature girl at heart. I just wanted to share a few pics and show you around my little piece of happiness.