Bipalium kewense, 10 January 2013

Bipalium kewense, the Arrowhead flatworm;
Lowndes county, Georgia (10 January 2013).
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AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

The Arctic ground squirrel at times felt like a Lower 48 squirrel and prairie dog had some sort of mutant baby. Heh. Adorable little squats that would chill out in the plenty of time. 

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

An adorable and fairly common rodent throughout much of Alaska, especially in rocky, modestly-elevated areas, the Arctic ground squirrel is always a delight to stumble across. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

Rugged terrain at Denali National Park. Unlike southcentral Alaska, where I lived from 2007 through 2011, the Denali region has more of an “Old West” ethos to its terrain and rugged landscapes.

AKtoFL: The Savage River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Savage River
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

A view of Savage River in Denali National Park, one of the more accessible parts of the park by automobile. A fantastic trail system weaves around and along the Savage River. 

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake;
Volusia county, Florida (22 April 2015).
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Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake;
Volusia county, Florida (22 April 2015).
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Sinistrofulgur sinistrum, 22 May 2014

Sinistrofulgur sinistrum, the Lightning whelk;
Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014).
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Sinistrofulgur sinistrum (egg case), 22 May 2014

Sinistrofulgur sinistrum, the Lightning whelk (egg casing);
Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014).
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Masticophis flagellum flagellum, 12 July 2004

Masticophis flagellum flagellum, the Eastern coachwhip;
Lake county, Florida (12 July 2004).
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Trachemys scripta scripta, 13 May 2013

Trachemys scripta scripta, the Yellow-bellied slider;
Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013).
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Calliactis tricolor, 22 May 2014

Calliactis tricolor, the Hitchhiking anemone;
Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014).
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Calliactis tricolor, 22 May 2014

Calliactis tricolor, the Hitchhiking anemone;
Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014).
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Calliactis tricolor, 22 May 2014

Calliactis tricolor, the Hitchhiking anemone;
Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014).
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Calliactis tricolor, 22 May 2014

Calliactis tricolor, the Hitchhiking anemone;
Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014).
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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
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AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 253 of 7221).

Another pseudo “Old West” visage from Denali National Park. Rocky outcrops and lines dotting and slicing through open scrub ground. It’s a shame rattlesnakes can’t biologically cut it in this kind of climate! 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221).

At Denali, I was struck by the general eco-ambiance. Honestly, it felt more like the “Old West” than southcentral Alaska. I half-expected to see tumbleweed roll over Denali Park Road. An awesome region and very distinctly different than southcentral Alaska’s Chugach and Kenai regions. 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221).

Another view (southward, if I remembe correctly) showing a bit more vertical drama at Denali National Park. 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221).

Looking northwest from Denali Park Road, this is a fair representation of this portion of Denali National Park. Vast, wide open lands with low-rolling mountainous lines on the horizon. There’s a vastness of space throughout much of Alaska and especially at Denali. 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221).

The vast majority of Denali National Park is closed to vehicles, as you might imagine. Even Denali Park Road, the main paved artery through park lands, is mostly closed throughout most of the year. The main road is only open through the Savage River area (except for limited access points throughout the year). This is a view north from Denali Park Road en route to Savage River. 

AKtoFL: Entering Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0247 of 7221).

Still drifting through my first day of my sojourn, I most certainly had to stop at Denali National Park for a few clicks. I spent most of my four years in Alaska in the Chugach and Kenai portions of southcentral Alaska. Honestly, I didn’t make it to the interior very often or very far. I figured I’d regret not checking out Denali if I moved back to the Lower 48 without scampering about a bit. Right?

Liguus fasciatus, 22 January 2017

Liguus fasciatus, the Florida tree snail
(possibly L. f. castaneozonatus).
Miami-Dade county, Florida (22 January 2017).
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Orthalicus floridensis, 22 January 2017

Orthalicus floridensis, the Banded tree snail;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (22 January 2017).
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Mellita quinquiesperforata, 16 June 2015

Mellita quinquiesperforata, the Five-slotted sand dollar;
Volusia county, Florida (16 June 2015).
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Cyathus striatus, 15 July 2013

Cyathus striatus, the Fluted bird’s nest fungus;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013).
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Cyathus striatus, 15 July 2013

Cyathus striatus, the Fluted bird’s nest fungus;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013).
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Cyathus striatus, 15 July 2013

Cyathus striatus, the Fluted bird’s nest fungus;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013).
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Urticina crassicornis, 04 August 2007 (Captive)

Urticina crassicornis, the Christmas anemone,
Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, Alaska (04 August 2007).
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Herpothallon rubrocinctum, 05 February 2014

Herpothallon rubrocinctum, the Christmas lichen;
Flagler county, Florida (05 February 2014).
Also known as Cryptothecia rubrocincta.
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Tremella fuciformis, 25 June 2012

Tremella fuciformis, the Snowy fungus;
Lowndes county, Georgia (25 June 2012).
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Basiliscus vittatus (juvenile), 21 January 2017

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk (juvenile);
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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Basiliscus vittatus (juvenile), 21 January 2017

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk (juvenile);
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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