Monday, November 27, 2017

Last Yeehaw at Gator Creek

Greetings from the Hermit WRiter.

So! This is Gator Creek, creek. Ta Dum.

Just enjoy the texture.

Yeah. It may be a tree hugger thing.

"Reach, reach, reach."

Aw...just enjoy Florida with me.

Gratuitous photo of some lichen. (It's everywhere)

I'm so sad it's over. :(

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Loving Mother's Gifts

Greetings from the Hermit WRiter.

The trail is mostly covered in moss...because it is underwater most of the year. Come to Gator Creek long after the rains.

"Reach, reach, reach," said the yogi.

There is something distinctly awesome about a cypress slough.

The trail. And this is the dry season.

Gray winter cypress

Just a gratuitous pine photo, since they haven't gotten their share of attention.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Gator Creek Nature Preserve.

Greetings from the Hermit WRiter. Remember me warning you about my tree loving nature?

I love how oaks reach, and reach, and reach. They are such cool trees.

Nice the park's people give us nice places to sit and contemplate.

And those oaks swirl around.

Texture of one of those benches. I think I'll keep hiking.

Love the gray texture of winter cypress.

Best marked park in Florida. Weird thing, this park is flooded (and closed) more than it's open. Finally come this way during the dry season...and that entire loop in red is closed because of downed trees. Thanks Irma.

For Tree Huggers

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. I hiked Gator Creek Nature Preserve Nov 18 ... I loved it because I was in the woods. If you love trees...I invite you to my love fest for the next couple days.

The significance you ask? I left Tampa where there was a full, blue sky. Got north of Lakeland, and within ten minutes of hiking, this would be the last tidbit of blue I would see. (Pouty face)

Makes me want to look for dinosaurs. There's no getting off the trail here.

And the trail was very well marked.

There were a lot of downed trees along the trail/fire break. The open space makes those pines vulnerable to F3 winds.

...just because I think trees are inherently gorgeous.