( as we walked and walked.. we decide to hike the Black Island nature Trail… we wont forget the guy who told us ..“I am not a part of nature”)
….. you can also see here, a Strangler Fir tree
……….and the famously cute : Ticseed Flower*
Bloom: Daisy – like flowers, an inch across, with bright yellow rays and deep brown or purplish centers on slender branched stalks, bloom mainly in spring and summer but flowers may appear at any time of the year.
Habitat: Ditches, roadsides, damp woodlands
Native Range: East and Gulf coasts, throughout Florida: Zones 4- 1
Several species of tickseed, perennials in the aster family grow in various parts of Florida in either damp or dry soils and flowering at different seasons. They need full sun to flower well. One, C. nudata or swamp coreopsis, a wetland plant of nothern Florida, has pink rays and a bright yellow center and is a particulariy attractive flowering plant for a wild garden. Coreopsis reseed readily, are simple to grow, and may be used as cut flowers. They also are nectar plants for butterflies.
Fort Myers, Florida
Lover’s Key is a small group of mangrove islands located in Lee County between Ft. Myers Beach, Fl, and Bonita Beach. It’s right on the Gulf of Mexico. The islands are collectively known as Lover’s Key State Park (formerly Carl E. Johnson Park). Inland backwaters full of fish, birds, and marine life, separate the islands from each other. Boats with motors are not allowed within the Park, but motorboats are allowed in the Gulf and Bay waters surrounding the Park, and there is a boat ramp within the park. This is to protect the abundant wildlife, which includes manatees, dolphins, various herons and roseate spoonbills, ospreys, bald eagles, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, snook, mullet, rays, and a large variety of shellfish
other works of Lovers key by fellow RB ARTSIST: click here