Category: Collier county

Fight! Two Brown Anoles Vie for the Title, 25 May 2012

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (25 May 2012). This was a fun encounter. Here we have two Cuban brown anoles, both male, tearing each other up for bragging rights, so to speak. Male Cuban brown anoles will battle each other…

Spring Break 2018: A Big, Old Brown Watersnake

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. At last, we’ll wrap up our extended-run of Spring Break 2018 with one last Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota. Watersnakes tend to show the marks of time and history on…

Spring Break 2018: The Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Of all the lizards in Florida today, the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei, is likely the most frequently encountered. When I was a kid growing up in Volusia…

Spring Break 2018: Pond Cypress

Taxodium ascendens, the Pond cypress; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Big Cypress National Preserve is appropriately named. The region is, in fact, rather big, and there’s certainly no shortage of cypress throughout. Of course, Pond cypress, Taxodium ascendens, isn’t…

Spring Break 2018: The Green Anole

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. The Carolina green anole, Anolis carolinensis, is always worth a few moments of calm and quiet study and observation. Seriously, I never tire of simply watching Carolina green…

Spring Break 2018: The Royal Palm

Roystonea regia, the Royal palm; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Here’s a simple iPhone shot of a Royal palm, Roystonea regia, standing guard at our campground in Big Cypress National Preserve. A simple-yet-elegant species, the Royal palm naturally ranges…

Spring Break 2018: The Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura, the Turkey vulture; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. It’s perhaps not the best photograph of a Turkey vulture you’re likely to see on these here pneumatic tubes of the interwebs, but it’s still a species very much…

Spring Break 2018: The Black and White Warbler

Mniotilta varia, the Black and white warbler; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Just to prove that I am, in fact, capable of photographing things other than snakes and lizards, here’s a perky Black-and-white warbler, Mniotilta varia, I photographed in…

Spring Break 2018: A Hiding Brown Watersnake

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Here’s another in situ Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, hiding out amongst the limestone-laden waterlines of Collier county, Florida. The random waterways, canals, and creeks of south Florida are a…

Spring Break 2018: Apalone ferox, 14 March 2018

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell turtle; Collier county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. I’ll be the first to admit that the Florida softshell (Apalone ferox) is by no means conventionally “beautiful” or “pretty,” yet I still find them to be extraordinarily…

Spring Break 2018: A Rather Dark Banded

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. In South Florida, the Florida banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, tends to be quite dark in coloration and patterning. Indeed, the species can be quite variable in…

Spring Break 2018: The Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea, the Little blue heron; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Another classic Florida bird, though again not limited or exclusive to the Sunshine State, is the Little blue heron, Egretta caerulea. Ranging throughout most of the Americas of…