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The Osprey Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park

Decided to go on an exploration to see the Eagle Pair at Honeymoon Island State Park. Did not see the Eagles, however; their nest was pretty impressive!

“The 2015-16 season was the 8th consecutive year for eagles to nest on the island. This new nest is the first time eagles have reestablished nesting on the island since the 1935 homestead nest.”

Eagle Facts:

  • May live up to 40 years.
  • Eggs are laid 36 hours apart and both male and female incubate the eggs.
  • Average gestation period is 35 days with eggs hatching one at a time 36 hours apart.
  • The chicks are called Eaglets and remain in the nest for 10 to 12 weeks.
  • Both parents feed the Eaglets.

Those Eagles have some exact timing when it comes to laying and to hatching their Eaglets!

Eagle Nest

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The Osprey Trail

Imagine being on an Island within a Pine Forest! You will see sand as well as pine cones. Plus Ospreys Galore along with their nests!

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I have lived here long enough now to know the call of the Ospreys. It makes my ears tune in and my eyes focused on the trees or skies every time.

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Fauna & Flora

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Other Birdlife Out & About

Egret

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Woodpecker

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Pine Cones

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Spooky Trees aka Snag Trees

These trees are perfect places to build an Osprey nest. Also, Ospreys build and repair nests by snapping off dead limbs in flight instead of collecting downed wood from the ground.

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Briefly touched on to the Pelican Trail that works its way around the edge of the Island and along the Gulf of Mexico. Mangroves, Salt Air and Sea Breeze Oh My!

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A Baby Mangrove Plant

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Never Far From the Water (Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside to Explore, Adventure & Walk On The Wild Side!!!


Florida Botanical Gardens – Part II

“Our Urban Oasis”

The Florida Botanical Gardens are a MUST SEE! Open daily from 7:00 a.m. until Sunset. Admission is Free.


Great Spots to Sit in the Gardens – Love that!

The Florida Botanical Gardens opened to the public on December 2, 2000.

  • 10 Gardens
  • 10,000 Plants
  • 182 Acres


The bee had to get in the shot!


My FAVORITE Photo!

Wedding Garden

  • A walled garden.


Bear Looking Over the Wall – Oh So Cute!

Butterfly Garden

  • A garden devoted to butterflies.

Native Plants Garden

  • Florida natives.
  • Wildflowers
  • Groundcovers
  • Trees and Shrubs


A Fig Tree


Close Up of the Figs


Oak Tree

Vegetable Garden

  • Raised beds of vegetables and flowers.

Herb Garden

  • Medicinal, culinary and ceremonial plants.
  • Scents
  • Colors

Cactus and Succulent Garden

Missed this area completely – have to go back for another visit!

  • Plant life and how it adapts for life in dry climates.

Misc. Photos


Still have not seen a Gator – where are they hiding?


Look at the feet on this Turtle – Yikes! (Photos by RSheridan)


Florida Botanical Gardens – Part I

“Our Urban Oasis”

The Florida Botanical Gardens are a MUST SEE! Open daily from 7:00 a.m. until Sunset. Admission is Free.


BEAUTIFUL!!!


A Good R&R Spot

The Florida Botanical Gardens opened to the public on December 2, 2000.

  • 10 Gardens
  • 10,000 Plants
  • 182 Acres

The 10 Gardens Are:

  1. Butterfly
  2. Cactus and Succulent
  3. Herb
  4. Native Plants
  5. Palm
  6. Patio
  7. Tropical Fruit
  8. Vegetable
  9. Vinery
  10. Wedding

Started off at the McKay Creek Pavilion and into the McKay Creek Plaza.

The retention pond in this area demonstrates how important water is to wildlife. The area is planted exclusively with Florida native plants. The area provides plenty of shelter and food available to a wide variety of animals.


An Anhinga Sun Bathing

Then wandered through the Tropical Courtyard, Pavilion and Bromeliad Garden.

Tropical Courtyard

  • Scented plants
  • Sit and rock under the ceiling fans.
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms

. . . Strolled the Tropical Walk.

Tropical Walk

  • Shaded tropical walk.
  • Bold foliage and bright colors.
  • Taste of the tropics.

Fauna


An Elephant Ear

Flora

There is a “Tropical” Theme Going On!

Tropical Fruit Garden

  • Over a dozen varieties of banana and plantain.
  • Pineapple, citrus, mango, papaya, and other exotic fruits.


The Whole Banana Growth.


The Bunch of Bananas.


A Closeup of the Bananas.


Have Lime, Need A Coconut!

Palm Garden

  • Palms plants provide food, fiber, building materials, and oils.


Do these lizards get a head rush hanging upside down on trees?!?

Patio Garden

  • This home garden demonstrates a creative approach to displaying plants and landscape features.
  • Scented flowers
  • Colorful foliage
  • Gazebo
  • Waterfall

Fauna


A Ram’s Horn

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Vinery Display

  • A 239-foot fence was installed as a backdrop and aluminum Hubble trellises – a three-dimensional design that will turn vines into trees.
  • An 18-foot cement circle connects the Vinery, the Palm Garden and the Memorial Walkway.

Misc. Photos


Love Cattails


Soaking In the Sun (Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring – Enjoy!


The “Garden Isle”

Green, Lush, Breathtaking!

O-M-G – My 1st visit to Kauai DID NOT disappoint! A Beautiful Island to Experience as well as Explore and Adventure. Everywhere I turned was either the blue of the ocean or the green, lush palm trees, gardens and fauna and floral. What a Natural Beauty!

Enjoy My Snapshot Tour of The “Garden Isle”!

(Photos by RSheridan)


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