Leonard J. Buck Garden is a nice little oasis hidden deep in the woods, just like most of the gem spots I have been finding throughout New Jersey. This small very well maintained garden is sculpted around huge natural rock formations which were deposited by glaciers. It has a large pond full of fish, tadpoles, and home to a couple of snapping turtles that are right in the center of the garden which is broken up into three sections but they all feed into each other by a creek.
I have no problem living on a swamp. Until summer comes and the bug apocalypse happens then we would have a major issue!! These few images are from Grassy Waters Preserve. Not much activity went on during this visit expect word of an Eagle spotting! I didn’t get to see it but found this Great Blue Heron hiding in trees.
Here are the rest of the images from my walk at Green Cay Nature Center. We saw Limpkins, Tri-Colored Herons, Great Egrets, Wood Storks, and a few Painted Buntings hanging out by the feeder.
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Peaceful Waters is a preserve I have posted about before; unfortunately, this visit was far from peaceful. I heard nothing but scream from the weekend soccer games, dogs barking, and the loud humming of cars speeding down the adjacent road. Thankfully, the birds that were visiting did not seem to mind much. I was surprised by the amount of garbage that was floating; I have never seen any there before it was always pristine. Considering the fact that they were slightly sun bleach it was clear they had been there a while and out of reach without some sort of scoop net. I did manage to get this nice picture of a Green Heron with my Lensbaby!
These Images are from a visit to The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Now with some looking into it I found out that this bird is a Black-Crowned Night Heron Juvenile. I originally thought it was in the Bittern family. As well as a swarm of bees that decided to take over a bird house.
Today I ventured to MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach. I was hoping for a little more of a swamp trailed area but what I found was great! There is a small area of trails, a nature center, kayak rentals, a long board walk across Lake Worth Cove that was full of Kayakers, Fish, and Manatees. On the other end of the board walk you have a beautiful stretch of beach on the ocean where you can enjoy a swim; at your own risk (no lifeguards). They even have a complementary tram that takes you across the boardwalk, it isn’t that far of a walk but it is helpful if you have a disability or with children toting lots of beach toys and chairs.
Here are a few images of a Manatee Cow and Calf they hung out fairly close to the board walk so it made for a great viewing area, I cant wait to return to go kayaking with all of the wildlife!
One of the Nature preserves that I frequently visit has an observation tower, This tower gives you a 360 views for miles. You can see the edge of Wellington Village, Sugar cane fields, and open pastures for all the horses that make Wellington the “horse country” that it is. This preserve like a vast majority of the nature preserves in Florida are apart of the water treatment plants. The use of native plants and aquatic animals help turn these places into bird sanctuaries. “Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat” is one place I can visit over and over just to climb the tower and look around. On this particular day we were having very strong winds, I would say around 25-30 MPH so add that with being at the top of the tower made things a little tricky when trying to take pictures. Be on the watch for some of the other images I shot while there!
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On my recent hike surprisingly there was a lot of activity, both in wildlife and visitors. Although I was happy about this there were some things that I wish I could have controlled. Things like getting a great angle but you have run out of space or land like in the case of the small alligator. If only I could have gotten it to move just a little bit more so I could get more of its amazing eye color, if I moved closer I would have been in the water with it. The other issue was dealing with rude people. Never have I been on a hike where business men were walking around for exercise while being on a call with it on speaker phone, I mean really? None the less it was an enjoyable day!
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Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands in Boynton Beach, Florida is one of the nature preserves that I have been to before, This time I feel there was more birding activity then I have ever seen before. It was a very nice day warm with a cooler breeze a lot of Turtles, Frogs, Green Teal Females, and more. On this trip there weren’t any alligators I assume it was because we were having some unseasonably cold weather that week.
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Here they are the images of the alligators that I saw at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The first guy I came upon was relatively small maybe around 4 FT swimming around in the marsh. The second guy was HUGE maybe 7 to 8 FT! Living here in Florida I know they are around and I know that they can be very dangerous but I feel that they get a bad rap. As I was taking pictures of the big guy (or girl) I was maybe 5 to 6 feet away and it could careless that I was even there. The only movement made was opening and closing of its eyes every now and then. Alligators are like any other kind of wildlife, they are more afraid of you then you are of it and will only attack if provoked. Now this doesn’t mean that I am going swimming in any body of water where they could be anytime soon. This girl doesn’t want any accidents! A lot of people go boating, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing at this Refuge; I have not tried at this Particular place but my first year in Florida I had a failed first attempt at another park in Jupiter. My fear took over the best of me, I was freaking out with every dip of the paddle and every branch or tree trunk I hit all the while seasoned visitors cruised around as though it was just for the exercise without a care in the world. What didn’t help were the disclosures they make you sign at the rental basically saying that it’s your own fault if you are attacked or bitten by an alligator or any kind of venomous snake! UGH I hate snakes more than anything else! One of these days I will attempt it again and actually be able to enjoy it….hopefully?
The Panoramic is of the area were all the boating and fishing activities take place…Enjoy!