Last Day at Ann’s

Ann took this photo of me trying to get a shot of a wasp's nest!

Ann took this photo of me trying to get a shot of a wasp’s nest!

Today is our last day here at Ann and Cecil’s place.

This is the picture I was shooting in the header photo.  Ann came out with a can of wasp spray as soon as I told her about it!

This is the picture I was shooting in the header photo. Ann followed soon after with a can of wasp spray!

Cecil drove a friend to a doctor’s appointment in Gainesville.  Ann was exhausted from spending too much time in the kitchen lately.  Ron went to town and wandered around there for a while.  So I took the opportunity to hunt down photo subjects.

We also did our own dinners tonight.  I grilled seasoned zucchini squash and sauteed chicken tenders, onions, peppers and garlic for an easy one-dish meal.

A fuzzy photo of a male chameleon courting the ladies.

A fuzzy photo of a male chameleon courting the ladies.

Since I don’t have any exciting adventures to share today, I’ll just post photos again.  🙂

This lady wasn't impressed!

This lady wasn’t impressed!

Cecil wasn't sure whether this was Fred or Joe.  :D

Cecil wasn’t sure whether this was Fred or Joe. 😀

Cecil has gopher tortoises on his property, and I thought this was one of their holes.  But Cecil said it was probably an armadillo hole.

Cecil has gopher tortoises on his property, and I thought this was one of their holes. But Cecil said it was probably an armadillo hole.

Tender, tasty baby bullbrier leaves

Tender, tasty baby bullbrier leaves

Florida is for bugs.  :(

Florida is for bugs. 😦

Cool tree skeleton

Cool tree skeleton

Discrimination.  :)

Discrimination. 🙂

Evidence the raccoons are eating the apple snails.

Evidence the raccoons are eating the apple snails.

Field of oxalis

Field of oxalis

Baby wild muscadine grape leaves

Baby wild muscadine grape leaves

Greenbriers will keep putting on tender, tasty shoots until midsummer

Greenbriers will keep putting on tender, tasty shoots until midsummer

Leatherleaf florist's ferns

Leatherleaf florist’s ferns

Closeup of the beautiful shamrock-like oxalis

Closeup of the beautiful shamrock-like oxalis

Maturing poke salad.  At this point it is dangerously poisonous.

Maturing poke salad. At this point it is dangerously poisonous.

The requisite Sheba-in-the-pond photo.  :)

The requisite Sheba-in-the-pond photo. 🙂

Turtles in the pond

Turtles in the pond

A carpet of Virginia creeper

A carpet of Virginia creeper

Nice Weather, at Last!

Beautiful weather finally arrived, and today was a day worth waiting for!

I’ll let the pictures tell the story today.  🙂

Coots amid water lily pods

I believe that these little lilies are atamasco lilies. There were several clusters of them along the very short trail.

Violet

Wood sorrel

Picnic shelter and Spanish moss

Looking toward our campground loop

I don't have my mushroom books with me, so have no idea what this polyphore is. It somewhat resembles the turkey tail fungus.

The lily pods again

Redbuds, I think

Not sure what these are

Trillium

And finally -- how to cram a camper dish drainer to max capacity! 😀

Fern Hammock Springs, FL

This idyllic, ecologically sensitive and protected treasure is located within the Juniper Springs campground boundaries. The tropical appearance belies the chilly temperature of the water. I decided to do a separate post describing it instead of lumping it in with the Juniper Springs post.

Fern Hammock Springs

Fern Hammock Springs -- it's blue!

How do you describe Eden? Blue. The crystal water is blue. Numerous clear white sand areas pinpoint the location of “boils” — places where cold water erupts through cracks in the underground limestone, roiling the sand bottom and scouring it white.

Fish abound, free and unafraid. We saw two adult turtles, one with an orange neck and one without the coloration. Maybe they were male and female? A baby turtle swam through the transparent water, then ducked down to the darker colored bottom.

Looking toward the observation bridge

Looking toward the observation bridge

Most of the fish were relatively small, but we did see a few large ones.

No fishing, swimming, dogs, or anything that might endanger the tranquility of the spring is permitted here.

Since I don’t have words to describe the beauty without sounding gushy, I will just post photos for you to enjoy.

Large boil below the observation bridge

Lots of fish!

Baby turtle and fish

Baby turtle and fish

A small school of fish

A small school of fish over a large boil

Fish and turtle

Fish and turtle

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