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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 27 May 2013

Walking through the park

Sharing with 'Our World Tuesday'

After the game of golf I was desperate to see a little more of the natural world so A. took me to their local park, which was huge, and we walked along the nature trail.





A. kept warning me not to stray from the pathway as you never know what you might come across.





I think this is a dove cote but not sure. There was a whole row of them.






 

One of the many canals that stretch across Florida collecting the deluge of water that falls at this time of the year.



Keeping to the safety of the pathway as A. had recommended, we came across this snake which just  stopped in front of us. Although I thought it was a coral snake I didn't know which one. Once home with the aid of the photo and the internet we were able to identify it as an Eastern Venomous coral snake. Apparently as long as you find medical assistance within a couple of hours you will be ok!,
 
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26 comments:

  1. Only one I went to I never saw a snake, lots of gators and turtles though but I was eaten alive my mozzies.

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  2. Vivid colours on that snake. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. I'd be wary of snakes - I assume the "tame fire" is a way of creating what we call "fire breaks".

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  4. Hi Marie, We have those 'controlled burns' around us at times. They say it's good for the forest....I don't know though... ha

    The bird houses may be for Martins.. Were the houses up really high in the air??? I don't have Martins here --but you can find them alot in rural areas.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. Looks like a nice walk, except for the snake. But, As long as they stay far away, I would be Ok with them. I agree with Betsy, the houses could be Purple Martin houses. Great shots!

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  6. Great photos of very interesting vegetation - but I don't like snakes either!

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  7. Wonderful photos - sometimes off the beaten path does give us a surprise - hopefully it is a good surprise.

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  8. I wonder how many of the wildlife have read the same rules about staying off the path. :)

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  9. I am always a bit frightened at seeing a snake, we hardly see them overhere in nature.

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  10. I am amazed how you captured that snake without being frightened!

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  11. What a handsome snake! Great shots, but I bet you wouldn't haven't got that close had you known it was venomous!

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  12. Oh! What a beautiful snake, even if it is very poisonous, the pictures are stunning. :-)

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  13. Looks like you had a great walk. Those may be purple martin condos. They should be nesting by now in them.

    One thing to remember about those snakes is a saying I've heard -
    Red & Yellow - kill a fellow. Red & black - okay, Jack. That makes it easy to identify based on the colors touching.

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  14. What a change from your New York pictures!

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  15. Well, you were lucky you stayed on the path, lovely shots though of such a pretty place.

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  16. What a lovely walk, although I'll pass on that snake!

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  17. At least you can see the brightly coloured snake before you step on it. Shiver.

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  18. Wow! Snake! Lucky you to sight one!

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  19. Lovely snake - glad you saw it in time!

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  20. Good to know that you have a couple of hours after an even closer encounter with the snake! Would have loved to be there......

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  21. The coral snake is rather beautiful - at a safe distance.

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  22. what a gret place to spend a day. Thanks for sharing your walk.

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  23. Yea! As long as they have the right anti-venine handy. A bit like the advice we get here with our deadlies, immobilise the limb an seek medical advice within 4 hours, when you are a three day's drive from anywhere???

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  24. A nice set of photos. I understand why you wouldn't want to veer off the path! Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

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  25. What a great series of photos and I'm so glad you decided to do the smart thing and stay on the path!

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  26. Yikes! I'd freak out if I came across a snake like that! I used to be terrified of that happening to me (getting bitten) when I lived in Maryland and Florida...

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