Here are a few of my photos from that saunter:
|Some variety of fern growing on the trunk of a Sable palmetto (cabbage palm)|
|Another variety of fern growing on the trunk of another Sable palm.|
|Some kind of succulent plant that was prolific in a couple of spots.|
|Prickly pear cactus|
|My thoughts are that this may be some variety of lupine, but am unsure.|
|An area of Florida scrub that was managed by controlled burn sometime during the past couple of years.|
|An area of Florida scrub that is a little older succession than the area depicted in the previous photo.|
|Florida scrub jay; a bird that provides scrub habitat with amazing character!|
Plus the neighbors are so welcoming! During our visit we watched a Florida scrub jay alight over the tops of palmetto and scrub oak come and perch just 5 feet from where we stood! Also, a gopher tortoise who was busy munching on small flowers walked right over to me and touched his or her nose to my shoe and then immediately resumed eating flowers. I'm not sure what that was all about, but I think I'll count it as a friendly gesture.
If you should ever find yourself near Venice, Florida and wish to immerse yourself in the unique and beautiful Florida Scrub habitat, I highly recommend Shamrock Park.
Here is more information about the habitat type called Florida Scrub for those who may be interested in learning more about it: https://www.fws.gov/verobeach/MSRPPDFs/FLScrub.pdf .