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 interesting birds that hang out at the preserve and today […]
Excursions Beyond Sarasota
These are typically day trips from Sarasota, but always within Florida.
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 visit, and my guess is that people […]
Highland Hammock Park is about an hour and a half from Sarasota, and it has a variety of interesting and accessible ecosystems. Probably the most distinct is the cypress swamp, which we really don’t see much of in SRQ. More info on Highlands Hammock…
Hickey Creek Mitigation Park is co-managed by the Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It consists of a variety of habitats including palmetto-oak scrub, pine flatwoods, and seasonal wetlands. Views of scenic Hickey Creek can be enjoyed from the trail and overlook areas. The ecosystem presently […]
Brooker Creek Preserve is approximately 8,700 acres, and the largest natural area in Pinellas County. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. Bordered by dense urban development, the Preserve provides both a unique refuge for native flora and fauna, as well as an opportunity for citizens to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida. […]
“Bok Tower — the Taj Mahal of Florida.” With a tag line like that, I didn’t expect much, but the gardens and the estate are beautiful, and well worth the 2+ hour drive to get us there. My recent mandala interest got me taking a lot of straight-on flower pix.
It was a cold day in January — perfect to go see the manatees at Three Sisters! There were over three hundred!
We spent a few hours visiting the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City — totally great!