There were so darn many of these forest roads beckoning us to stray from our path to the Ferry. I found them quite distracting and could not keep myself from turning down one after another.
When I did, I was rewarded with flowering prairies ...
... and open, long leaf pine savannahs ...
It was pretty darn wonderful and these were only off of Forest Road 43 on the way down to the Ferry.
The total number of open dirt roads in the 500,000 acre Ocala National Forest boggles the mind and makes me want to get back there ASAP.
I did not run over the frog. Actually, there were so many frogs in this huge puddle, that we backed up and went off to find other trails and muddier puddles to splash through.
The cold front had brought some rain and wind the night before. We saw freshly downed trees on some trails and puddles of water still standing in porous sugar sand.
The frog wasn't taking any chances and jumped in the water while we poked around his "pondle".
I took this pic of Emma and I by setting up the tripod across the puddle, hitting the 10 second timer and then hightailing it back along the bank, before leaping into position for the shot.
I had a little video for you, but it failed to load so look for it sometime in the future.
This was a great day, made even nicer by the little side diversions that popped up on the way to our goal sites.I am sooooo digging out my forest map and planning the next excursion ...