We spent this winter in Florida.
From up by Lake City, then down to Bushnell in a park for all of December. A few weeks in the Tampa area, a few weeks on Key West. Assorted week long stays in state parks near the east coast.
Blue Spring by Orange City, Jonathan Dickinson by Jupiter, & Sebastian Inlet where the Spanish 1715 treasure fleet sunk in a hurricane. We stayed at a couple of county parks, a county fish camp and out by Lake Okeechobee at a water management district camp.
We've seen turtles, raccoons, alligators, manatees and dolphins. Horses, cattle & goats too ... don't want to forget the cattle & goats....
There is a LOT of cattle in Florida
More birds than I can count, and chickens too!
|Fishing for lunch|
|Circling. waiting for lunch|
Plus trees, trees all over the place. Date palms, coconut palms and palms that I was not able to do more than tell they were palm trees. Oaks with moss hanging from the branches, pine trees & evergreens I couldn't identify. Papaya trees, Mango trees and Orange trees.
|Palms on a beach|
I've always known that I liked palm trees, something from my Hawaii days when I was a kid, but I never realized that I liked all kinds of tropical plants. I get a kick out of driving down a road and seeing banana trees just growing in the ditch or in a stand across a field. The flowers too, hibiscus all over the place and I'd swear I saw a Plumeria the other day.
Florida is a neat place, lots of tropical plants, flowers & warm water.
|Bananas by the roadside|
I hadn't realized how much I like the tropical plants. I knew I liked the warm water and the sea shells but I didn't realize how much I enjoyed seeing the tropical plants.
It hasn't been just plants & animals I saw here in Florida this winter. I saw in-laws too! Father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. All great people I'm pleased to say!
|A good place to be in the winter|
I can't talk about Florida without mentioning Spanish treasure.
|For 16 years everyday Mel Fisher went out treasure hunting and |
everyday he said "Today's the day!".
On the 20th day of July in 1985 it was!
They found the Atocha,
40 tons of gold and silver and emeralds.
Somewhere around $450 millions dollars worth.