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Wednesday Day 46 Taylor Park walk

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pinellas County has many lovely county and city parks as well as several state parks including Honeymoon Island reached by ferry. Half a dozen are within an easy lunchtime radius for me. Today I went to Taylor Park, ate my lunch by the lake, and was entertained by a cormorant diving and fishing in the weeds, a great white heron likewise fishing for lunch, a moorhen chittering at me, and a few begging crows and bluejays. A path goes all the way around the lake. I'm not up to walking that far or fast enough to do it on my lunch hour, but however far I walk is pleasant.

Palm trees, oak and cypress draped with Spanish moss, magnolia trees in bloom, tall pines
Birds, the ones mentioned and others
Fish, plus bottom feeders stocked to keep the lake cleaner
Lilies, other water plants
Tiny island with picnic table and bridge
Benches all along the lake
Picnic pavillions
I didn't see turtles or alligators today, but there are some; I often see both.

Spanish moss trivia: Spanish moss is actually a bromeliad. For some interesting info, google 10 Things You Should Know about Spanish Moss. Warning: do not gather up an armful and take it inside, complete with chiggers. If you don't know what chiggers are, you really don't want to experience them (like tiny poison oak with legs). A visiting northern friend learned this the hard way. If you're a victim, clear nail polish does work.
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    Thanks for sharing your appreciation of the natural world around you. It's a beautiful planet and we need to keep it that way.
    150 days ago
    Lovely blog! emoticon emoticon
    150 days ago
    We also get chiggers here in the grass. And yes, they are horrible, would rather have 50 mosquito bits over a chigger bit. And that OTC stuff is like putting water on them. But it does sound like a lovely place to relax and walk.
    150 days ago
    Sounds like a lovely place, 'sept for the chiggers! Had one and yes, like poison oak w/legs! That's what Mom did . . . applied clear nail polish.
    150 days ago
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