The park is having a booth at the National Public Lands Day celebration at Bill Frederick Park on Turkey Lake, so I may be have to hit the archives this week. I’ll still have Sunday, maybe there will be lots to capture then.
“We try hard to preserve old furniture that our ancestors sat and slept in, but neglect the things that can never be replaced or even imitated.” John Kunkel Small
This quote is from the book From Eden to Sahara – Florida’s Tragedy written in 1929. John Kunkel Small was a botanist in the early 20th century who traveled in Florida and documented the plant life found there.
He wrote this book after seeing the destruction caused by digging canals and burning land to clear it. Fortunately we haven’t made it to Sahara yet. A lot of good things are going on like the wetlands purchases along the St Johns, efforts to return the Kissimmee River to its natural course among others, but there is a long way to go.
I think this is a butterfly orchid – hopefully I will not miss the flowers – I’m hoping the pods open up.
Another air plant common to this area. Air plants are not parasitic, their main harm to a plant is blocking sunlight – they don’t use any nutrients.
Not a true moss, but an air plant – it flowers for reproduction, gets moisture from the air and performs photosynthesis for nutrition.
Only thing missing are the dinosaurs. These ferns were 4-5 foot high.
Next time at the park I’m going to carry my wide angle zoom for some different perspectives. I was limited by telephoto.