As part of the All Request Weekend, Sandy of Abandoned In Pasadena requested the nearest saltwater and the nearest swamp.
The next three pics are my answer.
Cedar Key's marshes are my closest saltwater, 20 minutes by JEEP through piney woods (if I don't stop for photos or snakes, etc.). Since the saltwater creeks snake inland from Cedar Key, I'm actually closer than it seems. As the crow flies, only a few miles.
This is the nearest swamp of note, The Waccasassa River and it's watershed ... about 6 miles away.
The cardinal flower above was blooming a few months ago when I was last canoeing the Waccasassa swamp.
SophieMae requested a pic of Florida Cracker cattle (see my link) so I pulled this previously posted shot from my stash. I am not a cattleman, but I'm pretty sure these characters below are the real thing.
I think I've worked through my list of your requests pretty completely. Still need a sparkleberry post, my favorite place, and of course, St. Augustine.
Good thing I'm home sick today ... lots of blogging time.
(I think I'm supposed to be grading papers tho ...)