If there’s any silver lining to red tide, it’s that I get to see all of these fish on the beach. Interestingly, it didn’t stop people sunbathing or swimming, even though I had a cough that kicked in after a half hour of walking.
Lazy Naturalist Nature Journal
The nature journal is where we post updates on recent excursions into the Sarasota wild. Click here to have these updates mailed to you.
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.
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 […]
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…
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 […]
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.
I am always surprised by the diversity of species in Red Bug Slough, perhaps because it is a suburban/urban park, where my expectations are generally low, but there are many species of plant and animal, both native and exotic. Perhaps most interesting on this visit was that the hammock has been largely cleared of air […]
The Myakka River provides good viewing any time of year, but when the water is down, it’s good to look closer, which is easy to do by heading west where the power line crosses the main park road. There are usually alligators lurking, and today was no different, but the biggest change everywhere was that […]
Pinecraft Park is in the heart of Amish country, and the park has a playground that is typically filled with plain-clothed types speaking Pennsylvania Dutch and playing some game that I don’t understand. But they say what happens in Pinecraft stays in Pinecraft, at least that’s what I’m told by my Anabaptist connections. Anyway, the […]
Prickly pears in bloom — that was definitely the highlight. I was hoping for a bird fallout with the South Wind, but no go….
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…