Monday, June 16, 2008
Rainy Day Swamp Walk With No Ferocious Beasties Or Venomous Melodrama
Come on. Let's go for a swamp walk on this wet Monday.
Your cubicle will be waiting for you when we're done.
The rain has slowed to random rainicity, so we can risk our delicate digital wonder cams.
Don't forget to stuff a plastic garbage bag in your pocket in case the downpours kick in again.
Something is moving up ahead.
Since this is Pure Florida, it's probably got razor sharp claws, jagged teeth, and deadly venom.
Okay, maybe not, but it IS huge!
This is about as big as Florida Box Turtles can get.
Yes, I know it's prettier than the box turtles where you come from ...this is Pure Florida, remember?
Is there a better color than green?
Okay, maybe deep ocean blue, but I mean on land.
I find this green cathedral just totally soothing.
Those lianas are pretty sweet too. We could skinny way up that tree on them, but we'd shake countless water drops down on us from the canopy, so maybe another time.
Let it go ...
... you can play Tarzan on a drier day.
Whoa, what is that up ahead?
This is not your average tree, not here in Florida anyway.
Let's get closer.
I'll play size reference for the photo.
This one is not as big as the one my pal Cindy posed with in a previous post, but it's pretty gianourmous. It's tall and pretty straight too ... how the heck did it escape the axe?
Let's keep moving. We can't tree hug all day.
This swamp is game trail central. Lots of feral hog sign here, but except for that snorty doe and her fawn, I haven't seen any big stuff today ... have you?
Well, true, he's big as caterpillars go, but I meant BIG stuff.
Maybe it's just not that kind of day today.
No, I DON'T know what kind of caterpillar this is, that's why we invited Dani and Doug.
Okay, we're getting back out of the swamp and into the light again.
What? Your right, that is a pretty nice ferny glade in this open area. Probably loaded with ticks too, so don't forget to ...
The rain's picking up again.
We timed that just right.
I think there's a Special K protein bar in the JEEP with my name on it.
Yes, I'll share it with you.