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DirtyCoconuts 04-22-2021 10:35 AM

Found a new nature preserve - really cool!
this is the (terribly named) Long Key Nature preserve- located in David Florida, 3 hours north of the actual Long Key???

annnnnnyyyyywayyys- it was awesome. some really cool OLD growth live oaks COVERED in life.

i could not get really into the weed as my big girl was with me and she prefers the paths

like look at this Oak with an entire other tree in it!!!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...437a6b20_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

and here is a small dinosaur we met

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...dba5d89c_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

i will be returning and i will upload some more pics later

Paphluvr 04-22-2021 11:10 AM

Always does the soul good to get out in nature.

Keysguy 04-22-2021 02:03 PM

Is that dinosaur in a coffee bush?

DirtyCoconuts 04-22-2021 04:09 PM

Near as we could tell.

Certainly a coffee bush, almost as certain it’s a dinosaur

Leafmite 04-22-2021 11:07 PM

Really cool! :)

DirtyCoconuts 04-28-2021 10:01 AM

went back to this spot again and had bit more time and better planning (hot as satan's bellybutton) brought water and big hats

wow. i am so amazed at what untouched florida can be

this first pic blew my mind... that is not a fern in the cruck of the tree, it is an Antherium!!! and there are two others on the other side!

so cool

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...23617d13_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

i would GUESS, this Live Oak is 60' tall...the phiodendrum has not only done the trip, it looks like it goes up and does itself!!!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...77627d5c_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

one of the neat things they try to teach here is about ecotones or transitional regions in the environment. they have a great pond, a salt marsh and a huge oak forest...really neat

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0c4a95b5_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...415f160e_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

saw a couple of these guys eating the pads....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0e9af91c_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

oh and a crazy lizard ran across the pads at light speed ...i could not get a good ID lol

i told the park ranger i would come back and remove this iguana if they wanted....he asked how and i said i would bring an airgun and shoot it in the eye and then toss it in the lake and he bristled and politely declined but asked for my phone number so he could discuss it with the another ranger lol....i said the offer was open

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d39d06c6_c.jpgUntitled by J Solo, on Flickr

Roberta 04-28-2021 05:53 PM

Awww... that iguana is cute. Just checking out the Visitor's Center. What a beautiful place that preserve is!

DirtyCoconuts 04-28-2021 08:27 PM

They’re cute away from my orchids lol

Davey 04-28-2021 09:11 PM

I like your humor @ DirtyCoconuts. I have gotten several chuckles from some of your posts. Beautiful preserve. Thanks for sharing.

here_butnot 08-06-2021 03:05 PM

Wow, that's awesome. Thanks for sharing

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