Category: The Everglades System Circuit (Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Collier counties)

The Burmese Python in South Florida, 03 August 2017

Python bivittatus, the Burmese python; Miami-Dade county, Florida (03 August 2017). Native to southeastern Asia, the Burmese, python, Python bivittatus, has certainly earned quite the reputation in south Florida. Though this species was recorded in Everglades National Park as far back in the 1980s,…

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: The Brown Watersnake, 14 March 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. At long last, we’re winding down the big Spring Break 2018 series (which took much longer to work through than I’d originally anticipated), and all we have left are…

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: A Very Weathered Brown Watersnake

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Featured here is a rather haggard, weathered, and worn Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, just about to shed its scales through the process of ecdysis. See that blue film over…

Spring Break 2018: Brown Watersnake in the Foliage

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Most of my snake photographs are not in situ, that is of snakes posing naturally in their natural habitats. More often than not, whenever possible at least, I catch…