Oh, well, I missed the super bowl. Mike has even less interest in football than I do. I usually know what teams are playing although even that went by me this year. I tuned in for Downton Abbey though.
It was a gorgeous day here on the Florida west coast—cooler than it has been and I took advantage with a great bike ride.
I noticed this trail off the neighborhood road I was pedaling along so I went down to explore. I could hear traffic. This little park is very near the overly commercial strip of Route 41 and very near the large shopping center in South Venice, but it looked like a slice of rural Florida.
I spotted an egret and a little blue heron along the creek shores.
I also saw a chenille plant, but the picture did not come out or I deleted it accidentally. This is a Brazilian pepper plant that has become, like so many species of both flora and fauna, a Florida invasive. The sun was really bright. I am pretty sure this white flowering vine that you can hardly see is a moon flower. The terrain was certainly right for it,
I also came across this Turk’s cap. At the end of the trail there was an enclosed alligator pond.I later learned I had been stopping to snap pictures along Alligator Creek.
There were many dog walkers using the trail so I don’t imagine there is too much alligator danger in the area.