It’s starting to heat up around here, and the coreopsis are fading. But the swamp hibiscus are headed toward their bloom, and the butterfly orchids are out in force.
Buttonbushes are very common around Sarasota, blooming in the warmer months. A truly remarkable flower! … [Continue reading]
We don't see these often around Sarasota, but keep an eye out further south along the barrier islands. … [Continue reading]
I haven't been to Leffis Key for years, largely because it's a long drive for me, and it's a relatively small preserve without a lot to see that can't be found closer to home. The exception is birds... for some reason, there are almost always … [Continue reading]
Selby/iNaturalist is doing a bioblitz competition with Orlando, and I heard the Bobolinks were coming through at Celery fields -- the trip was worth it! Here are the IDs... … [Continue reading]
The Ringling Museums/Mansion grounds are one of the best things about the place, and the cheapest to see at $5 a pop. If you go, make sure to look for the softshell turtles in the pond between the gift shop and museum. There were many turtles on my … [Continue reading]
Make sure to check out the butterfly tent when you go. I have gone to Spanish Point a few times since it became part of Selby Gardens, and it is definitely fun to visit. Very different from Selby downtown, and I would say that I prefer it. … [Continue reading]