Category Archives: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Autumn morning walk in the Calusa Nature Center

IMG_6453Calusa Nature Center – perfect morning for a walk in the flatwoods and the swamp. It’s pretty close to where I live, and I had other errands to run this morning, so why not stop by instead of passing by? Plus, we have that extra hour in the morning now that we “fell back” on Sunday, and I was a bundle of energy because of that. Let’s go!

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A couple of rehabilitating gators were sunning themselves near their watering hole.

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The American beauty berry is in a full riot of fruit.

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Parts of the swamp are already drying up and becoming lined with fallen leaves.

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Dahoon holly trees are heavy with fruit in the cypress swamp and along the pine loop trail

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Something has raked this tree. Gashes look too wide for it to be a bear or a bobcat. Not sure how this happened!

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A closer look at the mystery gashes.

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Still water in the cypress swamp, and since the berries are popping and the leaves are falling, there are lots of feeding little birdies visible and audible here.

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A new little tree struggles to bring itself up beside the boardwalk. I predict a relocation of one or the other!

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I have found a lot of things while out walking that other people lost. But I never thought someone could lose their face..
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Disappointing

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Cassia in bloom

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Cabbage palm regeneraging – not sure if the folded-up-ness is normal, as I’ve never seen one do this before!

Earth Day Wildlife Wanderings

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In observance of Earth Day, I took a stroll through the trails of the Calusa Nature Center, which is a local sanctuary here in the northeastern corner of Fort Myers, Florida. Most, if not all of the wildlife in captivity at the nature center has been injured in some way – they are either under rehab in preparation for release, or else they are permanent residents who cannot be returned to the wild.
Tortoises at the Calusa Nature Center


Here are some tortoises crowding together in a patch of sun. They love to be warm.

Lubber, sans blubber


The nature center boasts a collection of fossilized whale bones, including the skull, that were found on Fort Myers Beach. Here’s a young Eastern Lubber grasshopper taking a rest on the skull bone.

Publix says, "Thank you"...


After my nature center stroll, I went to the grocery store and was rewarded for using a reusable bag with this cute little green keychain thingie. I thought it was funny that the bag I used had actually been obtained at a different store, but I guess Publix isn’t being picky…

One of the things I did at the nature center was mobile blogging, which is not unusual for me – but I didn’t do it HERE, at My Mobile Adventures *~*~*, which IS a bit unusual. I have an iPod Touch and there was this free app called Zapd, which essentially lets you create a photo blog on the fly with your iDevice. Although my iPod Touch doesn’t take fabulous photos (only a 2MP camera), I still wanted to experiment, so I thought I’d test drive it today.

But… you protest – don’t you need a wi-fi connection with the iPod Touch? Why yes, yes you do! Which is why I was tethered to my phone the whole time I hiked :) Not the kind of thing I’d want to do all the time, as I already have a mobile blogging solution and this used twice the in-the-field battery power normally necessary for mobile blogging. But it was fun and easy, so I thought I’d share –

Happy Earth Day 2011 SWFL – CLICK HERE to see my first Zapd site

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