Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

I’ll be back!

I’ll be back!, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. This preserve is going on my list for the fall, when cooler and more bug-free weather prevails. I’ll be back!

Please do not feed the critters!

Please do not feed the critters!, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Last week, an ecotour operator made the fatal mistake of enticing an alligator out of the water for the entertainment of the tourists. He lost his hand. The gator,…

Mystery plant

Mystery plant, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. I’ll need to hit the books when I get home to find out what this is. It was a tree growing by the path in the parking area. Not sure if those are…

Nature trails

Nature trails, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. The Eco park includes nature tails but I decided not to brave them – I don’t like to hike an unfamiliar trail alone, plus I got bitten twice in the time it took…

The Iwo Jima statue

The Iwo Jima statue, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. I had to lie on my back at the base of the monument to get this shot. I am grateful that I can still get up from such a position under…

Cape Coral’s veterans memorial

Cape Coral’s veterans memorial, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Alongside the road that comes from the bridge, a veterans memorial stands. There’s a vast, shady pavilion, statuary, and you can make a donation to get a paving brick inscribe in…

Reading the signs

Reading the signs, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. The kayak rental/launch area is part of the Great Calusa Blueway, and is currently closed for the summer. There’s a nice little picnic area down that way, arranged inside a circular drive.

Wildlife crossing

Wildlife crossing, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Your first clue that you’re in a refuge – a sign that warns of slithering, scampering, and sauntering critters. Please do not run them down in your hasty zeal to be one with…