Monday, February 6, 2012

Let's get high

Above: The Highlands Hammock State Park in Florida is a great place to tour. Visitors see a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Each day at 1 p.m., the park offers a ranger-guided tour. Visitors ride a tram-like gizmo that is pulled by a pickup truck. Tickets are given out and the number is limited. Each day the tour "sells out," so you have to go early to be sure of a seat.

Besides the animals seen below, there are turtles, vultures, red-shouldered hawks, egrets, wildcats, panthers, deer, raccoons, an occasional bear and many more.

When you hear the word hammock, you think of something you lie in, perhaps drinking a fruity drink. Hammock also has another definition:

a fertile area in the southern United States and especially Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil

You can read about the park in Wikipedia here.

Above: This alligator was looking directly at me. Camera range was close enough.

Above: A Blue Heron takes flight.

Above: The park ranger poses with another of the wild animals. You can see just a part of the tram to the right.

Images taken with my Canon 40D. Bottom one shot by my sister, Deb.


  1. I love the photo of the heron. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wild Animal? I'll bet you aren't kidding!
    Very suspicious about you.

  3. Very nice. Do you have a bird list you keep?

  4. @bastin: don't have a bird list. The Ranger told us what all the animals were.

    @VJ: I like that one, too.

    @Crash: Welcome back!!