Saturday, September 26, 2009

Afternoon at the Pine Preserve

Our Weekend Memoirs

Early this afternoon, banabear and I walked around the Helene Klein Pineland Preserve which is just about a 10 to 15-minute walk from our house.

It is just a small preserve (approximately 13 acres) but it has an abundance of slash pines, combined with saw palmetto, cypress swamp and small marl prairies.

The signage says that there are about 55 species of wildlife in the preserve, which includes giant swallowtail butterflies, Florida brown snakes, spotted skunks, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and pileated woodpeckers. When we went there this afternoon, we heard a lot of birds chirping but only found one hovering the tree as well as a couple of butterflies flying around. I am glad I did not encounter any snake. That would've been scary.

The small park/preserve is situated in a residential area and surrounded by churches and shoppings centers. This is one good reason why I like our place: it is very quiet, surrounded by greens and at the same time, very near the shopping centers.

On our way home from the preserve, we passed by a lagoon where I found a large iguana. Iguanas, ducks and birds are a common sight in the neighborhood. Probably, it's mainly due to the man-made lakes that are in the subdivisions.


Hazel said...

Try to find me - that would probably be the most fun I would have if I were in a place like that. Nice photos of the preserve. I love nature in the midst of urbanization.

Willa said...

You are lucky to live so close to such a beautiful place like that.
Happy Sunday!

Ebie said...

That is a huge preserve. It would be fun trying to find all species in their natural habitat! Pretty mosaics!

Thanks for the well wishes, cannot retire yet, but she can help me pay bills! Hehehe ROI: return of investment!

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

i love your nice ^_^

LawReal said...

you seem like a professional photographer huh :)


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