Let's head in to town for a few grocery items ... and please, this time, no distracting side trips.
No more, "Sorry the ice cream melted, but I got some great hawk shots."
Oh hey, look at that inviting canopy road.
I'm sure a little side trip wouldn't hurt ... and it is going in the general direction of town.
Now that looks inviting ...
I've driven by these Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) conservation lands beaucoup times and never stopped in to walk about.
I don't suppose the world would come screeching to a halt if we parked the JEEP and took a little stroll.
These lands were purchased as a buffer for Manatee Springs State Park, and while piney flatwoods are a little dry for my tastes, it is a beautiful fall day and they beckon.
Come on, we won't stay too long.
Yes, I have not forgot about the errands in town ... okay, I was about to do so, but now you've reminded me.
Yes, it is beautiful and it's pretty common in these piney flatwoods, ... an ironweed of some type? It's different from the ironweed at home ... stockier and paler.
All my field guides are packed away due to the living room remodeling job which is still not done, because of ... distractions like this walk.
Watch your nose when you sniff this flower ... that green lynx might think it's a butterfly.
No, you have a very nice nose ... I just meant ... oh never mind.
Way up high and far away.
It looks like they might be managing this forest for Red Cockaded Woodpeckers, but that seems to be just a Redbelly.
Time? Ouch! Yes, we are late dang it.
The cell phone should be ringing any minute to find out what's taking so long.
Wait a minute, I'll check in.
Oops, I guess I left it in the JEEP.
In that case, we might as well keep walking this trail to see where it ends.