Posted by: soniahs | April 23, 2013

Walking in Seminole County

The weekend before last, I went to the Earth Day festivities at Seminole County’s Environmental Studies Center. This is a small nature center near the southeast corner of Lake Jesup; I’d previously biked past it on the Cross Seminole Trail, but never visited.

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Early afternoon at the nature center.

I took a short stroll on the center’s trails after the event- not too far, but it was nice to get into the outdoors. There weren’t too many birds, because it was pretty warm in the early afternoon.

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Moss and droopy bark.

It’s apparently a good spot to see migrating warblers (and other forest birds) early in the morning at this time of year. I did see (and hear) the ubiquitous cardinals, catbirds, and blue-gray gnatcatchers. I also heard a red-shouldered hawk or two and saw a swallow-tailed kite soaring overhead.

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Wildflowers.

The area is pretty damp, as it’s pretty close to the lake. I’m sure it gets even wetter during the summer.

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Light through the palm fronds.

I’m not sure how extensive the trail system is, but it might be fun to go back and explore.

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Thick, wavy patterns in the pine bark.

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  1. June 1 is National Trails Day!


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