Seeing & Looking
As a fawn and a doe crossed over from a saw palmetto forest into an open field, we inhaled the subtle aromas of mud from the Myakka River's banks. Our photograph group paused on the bridge to see 13 alligators sunning on the banks. White ibis flew by overhead. Honeybees buzzed. A few helmeted cyclists zoomed by, on the first leg of their morning seven mile mile ride to the North Gate of Myakka State Park in Sarasota, Florida. Everyone carried water bottles, as the temperature for this first day of June climbed to 90 degrees by 10 am.
Ginny, Linda, Jane, Bentley, Spencer and I met in the visitors parking lot, then drove along the main road on my first visit to the the park. Spencer, our guide, knew the park intimately. Some members of the group climbed The Myakka River State Park Canopy Walk; only four people can cross the narrow one-way “swinging” bridge at a time. Resurrection fern and air plants made intriguing photo subjects to admire while we carefully crossed the narrow passageway, 100 feet long and 25 feet off the ground, connecting the two wooden towers that overlook the forest top.
Moving on, we strolled the river banks under twisting, textured live oak trees. Linda made a splendid macro image of a black racer snake. Everyone enjoyed being wild in the wild on this Tips and Tricks Punta Gorda/Charlotte Library outing.There is one special trick I'll recall from this morning, from Mother Nature. Two deer can appear, and dissapear, in a heartbeat.
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages