Looking east from Bunche Beach
Sunset is upon us at Bunche Beach
There’s a single roseate spoonbill out there, but you can’t see it because you don’t have my glasses on 😉
Bunche Beach is bordered by mangroves, which grow baby critters
I feel a sunset coming on in a few hours. The wind is steady and persistent off the water – feels AWESOME after sweating on the inland trails all afternoon!
Gopher tortoise didn’t want to pose for us
Some of these are still blooming
Amazing array of wildflowers on this preserve
I believe we are on the new acquisition. It’s a little drier than we expected
We came in through a break in the fence – the lake was right there
I want to see a fox squirrel – my new life’s ambition
According to the GPS we are standing in the Critical Flow area – but there’s no flow
I’ll just stand over here and wait till Jacquie is done
Gopher tortoise, we knew ye in the circle of life, this is habitat for littler critters.
This mushroom is a beautiful color – seems a shame not to take it home and make it part of the decor’
We’ve wandered far, and come upon some berries that shall not be named for fear of poachers!
Lots of this on the trail toward the back of the property.
There must be some camp and scouting programs here during season.
We will walk and talk softly while we are here
It’s pretty quiet and there aren’t any cars here, but the gate is open
It has what looks like cherry pits in it…
I might have mentioned before that I have been working as a volunteer for my county’s land conservation and stewardship program. I essentially function as the Conservation2020.org social media strategist. I am making the rounds of the preserves, to get pictures for promotional purposes, and today we’re visiting Pine Lake Preserve in Bonita Springs.
Also on the agenda, since it is only "down the road a piece", is a little spot called Bonita Nature Place. They have a bat house, a butterfly house, and lots of gopher tortoises.
Are you ready? Let’s go!