Oct 07, 2007 by Janine
Following in the footsteps of my last Orlando trip, the first stop was Gatorland on Friday evening. It was late, and rainy, so didn't get too many shots there. Rich was enthralled by the "Gator Jump Show" which is not a bad show I guess, at least the animals get a feed out of it.

I went back to Lake Kissimmee on Saturday in hopes of getting some more snail kite shots. Unfortunately none were to be seen and there was an annoying drizzle. There were lots of caracara and sandhill crane around though, and tons of barn swallows in the road and perched on the wire.

Luckily, the weather soon cleared up, and we proceeded to the nearby Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area. Bowhunting season had begun so there were quite a few hunters around. But I always got a friendly wave as I drove by them so they seemed nice enough.
Again, not much by way of wildlife shots, but some incredible scenery. I was fascinated by the various types of vegetation and natural communities- very different from down here in South Florida. I fell in love with the ancient live oaks draped in spanish moss. Will definitely be going back there for some more landscape shots.

The final stop of the day was a quick drive through Highland Hammock State Park in Sebring. The Cypress trail is amazing. It is a boardwalk trail that winds through the cypress dome and across a small stream. Again, not much wildlife, only a few ibis and a yellow-billed cuckoo. But beautiful scenery.

I added some more shots to my gallery also, check them out here.


Oct 13, 2007, 14:19:33 Jan wrote:

Rather his hand in that gator's mouth than mine!

Oct 13, 2007, 14:20:45 Jan wrote:

Oooh that reads wrong, I meant the gator's mouth not mine! lol, forget it, it's late. :D

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