Leaf cutter Bee
They were dessicated and clinging to stem. Saw a few in the area. What is causing this? Or is it just shedding?
This is the same spot in the previous picture now with fresh growth after the fire.
Fluke or leaches?
In upland area
fungus growing at base of uprooted cypress tree
central florida fish from small clear water pond. Pond is in the Ridge area of florida and about 90 ft elevation. It actually stays full of water year round and has no outlet except through the sand/aquifer. Even during the worst of the drought it had water in it which I was really suprised when most of the other lakes in the area had dried up!
Large slug after a rainy night! Where do the hide during the dry months?
Owl getting harassed by crows and hawks.
Don't know if it was sleeping or winking at me!
It was trying to fight itself in the reflection of the glass door to the church when I drove up! Osceola Gobbler
Yard rescue relocation! I guess I get to repopulate the area that got burned behind my house!
Tough to get a clear shot of this one. It was quick and didn't stay still very long, it was even running head first down the tree!
This is the area where the fire started. I got out there when the fire was basically an 80 ft ring of fire and within 2 hours it was up to 11 acres! We are seriously in need of rain here in Florida!! I plan on going back once a month and taking a pic of this spot to see how it comes back. Sad thing is I brought many of my catch and release snakes there(from yards that were going to be killed if I didn't take them) Fire is a needed component of the ecosystem, But its sad to see. Call 911 if you see smoke, Don't wait for someone else to do it!
This egg was in an old pine tree that was dead and had numerous woodpecker holes before the fire. I never really looked at the tree closely before to have seen if there was a larger hole for a nest. The tree caught fire near the base and then fell. There were two eggs on the ground this one that was cracked and leaking and another one that was hard boiled and cracked. Just wondering if anyone can maybe ID what they might have been? Those are oak leaves on the ground next to it for size comparison, they were kind of big so I was thinking woodpecker. Only the dead tree burnt other live trees near it only got singed and there wasn't a birds nest anywhere I could see in the area! Thanks in advance.
These guys are a couple fire survivors. They manged to stay away from the fire. The parents were above them watching them and I didn't dare get too close. I am sure they have been through enough already with the fire and then the Fl. Forestry service cutting fire breaks. Shot with my Nikon P500 near full zoom!
There was a fire behind my house and there are a few hawk nests in the woods. They were fleeing the fire and you can see the sadness in this ones eye! The drought index is really bad right now in Florida and we need rain desperately!
White tail deer Tracked 3 that were together through the palmetto.
Displaying warning colors. Catch and release out of a non snake friendly yard.