Category: Collier county

Lithobates grylio, 12 June 2016

Lithobates grylio, the Pig frog; Collier county, Florida (12 June 2016). Here’s a chunky one from south Florida a few clicks back. This is a Pig frog found chilling on the edge of annihilation — that is to say it was chilling out along… Continue Reading “Lithobates grylio, 12 June 2016”

Spring Break 2023: Dawn at Big Cypress

Big Cypress National Preserve; Collier county, Florida (14 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 A new morning eases in after a long, long (and most magnificent) night.

Spring Break 2023: Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve at dusk; Collier county, Florida (13 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 A snazzy iPhone shot of the sunset from my campsite. Dusk in the South Florida interior can really be something.

Spring Break 2023: Agkistrodon conanti

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth;Collier county, Florida (13 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 As the sun began to sink down towards the Western horizon, I made my way back toward Big Cypress National Preserve for a night of snaking. Before I could even get back… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Agkistrodon conanti”

Spring Break 2023: Sabal palmetto

Sabal palmetto, the Cabbage palm; Collier county, Florida (13 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 A silhouetted Cabbage palm makes for a damn fine scene with a fresh cup of coffee.and a light, early morning breeze as the sun begins to peek over the horizon.

Spring Break 2023: Pantherophis alleghaniensis (ii)

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake; Everglades rat snake species variantCollier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 The second of two posts featuring this fantastic Everglades rat snake. There’s been a lot of debate about New World rat snakes in the past few… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Pantherophis alleghaniensis (ii)”

Spring Break 2023: Pantherophis alleghaniensis (i)

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake; Everglades rat snake species variantCollier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 The first of two posts featuring this fantastic Everglades rat snake. While Eastern rat snakes are mostly yellow-with-black-stripes throughout peninsular Florida, in South Florida they start… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Pantherophis alleghaniensis (i)”

Spring Break 2023: Alligator mississippiensis

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 A moderately young American alligator chills out on a damn fine perch along the edge of Big Cypress National Preserve’s Monument Lake.

Spring Break 2023: Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 My next stop for the day was Big Cypress National Preserve and some spots directly adjacent to it. Big Cypress is perhaps my favorite region of Florida. Jammed with cypress swamps, freshwater… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Big Cypress National Preserve”

Spring Break 2023: Apalone ferox

Apalone ferox, the Florida softshell (juvenile); Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 A not-so-great shot, but here’s a juvenile Florida soft-shell mucking about a small run of water in Fakahatchee Strand. Juvenile Florida softshells feature a fairly cool mottled pattern on the… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Apalone ferox”

Spring Break 2023: Eudocimus albus

Eudocimus albus, the American white ibis; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 Wherever you may find standing water in Florida, there’s a decent chance you’ll also find some American white ibis lolling about. This group of skittish ibis was loitering about a… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Eudocimus albus”

Spring Break 2023: Alligator mississippiensis

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 Not a great shot, but a grew subject. Here’s a hefty American alligator hanging out by a stable body of water in Fakahatchee Strand. I’ve checked this spot out repeatedly over… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Alligator mississippiensis”

Spring Break 2023: Kinosternon baurii (ii)

Kinosternon baurii, the Striped mud turtle; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 Another set of shots of the dry and weathered Striped mud turtle crossing the road. This is a fairly small species. Its carapace only reaches an overall length of about… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Kinosternon baurii (ii)”

Spring Break 2023: Kinosternon baurii (i)

Kinosternon baurii, the Striped mud turtle; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 I came across a fairly dry Striped mud turtle crossing a dusty, dry road — likely in search of better water. With a set of cars coming up fairly quickly… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Kinosternon baurii (i)”

Spring Break 2023: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 My next stop was a short cruise through Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Though the water levels were predictably low for this time of year and the dirt road remarkably dusty,… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park”

Spring Break 2023: Alligator mississippiensis and Pistia stratiotes

Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator, and Pistia stratiotes, the Water lettuce; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 Here’s a fairly classic Florida shot: An American alligator lurking in a thick growth of floating Water lettuce. Just imagine what this would look… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Alligator mississippiensis and Pistia stratiotes”

Spring Break 2023: Nerodia taxispilota

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 I didn’t come across many Brown watersnakes on this particular trip. This was the closest I was able to get to one, and it was pretty well fortified. I usually… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Nerodia taxispilota”

Spring Break 2023: Anolis sagrei

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 Here’s an in situ shot of a Cuban brown anole perching through the shadowed day adjacent to Barron River Canal. Honestly, this seems like a pretty good life to… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Anolis sagrei”

Spring Break 2023: Dineutus carolinus

Dineutus carolinus, the Whirlgig beetle; (Tentative Identification)Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 This identification is a bit of a guess at the specie level. Honestly, I don’t know Dineutus whirligig beetles all that well, and I didn’t exactly get super close… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Dineutus carolinus”

Spring Break 2023: Barron River Canal

Barron River Canal Corridor; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 My next stop was Barron River Canal along the edge of State Road 29 south of Immokalee and north of Everglades City in Collier county, Florida. Originally a dredge canal from the… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Barron River Canal”

Spring Break 2023: Thalia geniculata

Thalia geniculata, the Alligator flag; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 I’m quite the fan of Alligator flag. This wetland-bound species is quite abundant throughout much of the Florida peninsula. We have a bit of it in my home territory of Volusia… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Thalia geniculata”

Spring Break 2023: Cranium americanum

Crinum americanum, the Southern swamp crinum; (Tentative Identification)Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 This identification should be considered tentative at best. While I believe these are the flowering petals of a Southern swamp crinum, I haven’t been able to verify the identification… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Cranium americanum”

Spring Break 2023: Procyon lotor

Procyon lotor, the Raccoon; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 Ah, yes, the sweet, sweet photo-carnage of a Raccoon mucking about in the shaded undergrowth of a shallow cypress swamp. Heh. Normally I’d toss an out-of-focus shot like this, but I rather… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Procyon lotor”

Spring Break 2023: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 Here’s another view of the elevated boardwalk trail at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Running at just over two miles in length, this truly is a special short, loop trail in South Florida.

Spring Break 2023: Ardea alba

Ardea alba, the Great egret; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 One of our cooler local bird species in peninsular Florida (and one of our most abundant) is the Great egret, Ardea alba. This is perhaps how I prefer to see them:… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Ardea alba”

Spring Break 2023: Pleopeltis michauxiana

Pleopeltis michauxiana, the Resurrection fern; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 A clear sign of the need-for-rain: A dried up Resurrection fern waiting to earn its namesake. This seemingly dead fern will quickly turn green and “reanimate” as soon as a… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Pleopeltis michauxiana”

Spring Break 2023: Campyloneurum phyllitidis

Campyloneurum phyllitidis, the Long strap fern; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 I find the Long strap fern to be fairly iconic of the South Florida interior. An epiphytic plant, this species tends to grow upon other, larger plants (such as… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Campyloneurum phyllitidis”

Spring Break 2023: Herpothallon rubrocinctum

Herpothallon rubrocinctum, the Christmas lichen; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 The so-called Christmas lichen is an abundant (and always obvious) species of fungal lichen throughout the Florida peninsula. The red tones you see in this photo can sometimes appear nearly… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Herpothallon rubrocinctum”

Spring Break 2023: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 A view of the boardwalk trail at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier county, Florida. Though it can be fairly busy with visitors, I do find this short 2-mile boardwalk trail to be… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary”

Spring Break 2023: Romalea microptera

Romalea microptera, the Eastern lubber grasshopper; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 A small cluster (or “cloud”) of fairly young Eastern lubber grasshoppers forage about upon a tree at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. As they mature and age, these Lubber grasshoppers will… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Romalea microptera”

Spring Break 2023: Tillandsia fasciculata

Tillandsia fasciculata, the Cardinal airplant; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 The Cardinal airplant is a fantastically brilliant epiphytic plant ranging throughout most of southern Florida (as well as the Caribbean and much of Central America). As an epiphytic plant, this… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Tillandsia fasciculata”

Spring Break 2023: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 After leaving Lake county very, very early in the morning (but not as early as I’d intended due to the Daylight Savings change), my first real stop for Spring Break 2023 was… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary”

Pomacea maculata, 22 March 2015

Pomacea maculata, the Island apple snail; Collier county, Florida (22 March 2015). By the early 1990s or so, the Island apple snail, a species native to South America, gained traction in south Florida. It was most likely introduced via people dumping their aquarium contents… Continue Reading “Pomacea maculata, 22 March 2015”

Romalea microptera, 10 June 2016

Romalea microptera, the Eastern lubber grasshoopper; Collier county, Florida (10 June 2016). The foil to many home horticulturists, the Eastern lubber grasshopper is a very large species that carries with it an equally large diet. The species can do quite a bit of damage… Continue Reading “Romalea microptera, 10 June 2016”

Anolis sagrei, 25 May 2012

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Collier county, Florida (25 May 2012). Though considered non-native to Florida, the Cuban brown anole has been in the state for quite some time (likely since the late 1800s). Today, the Cuban brown anole is damn near ubiquitous… Continue Reading “Anolis sagrei, 25 May 2012”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Perhaps my favorite snake species in Florida, this is a fairly dark Florida banded watersnake, a native, non-venomous, and entirely unaggressive species. Florida banded watersnakes are extremely variable in coloring and… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015”