|Dragon, ready for its Jurassic Park close-up|
|Whizzing through the Keys|
|The African Queen|
|Thar be deadly Poisonwood Tree|
There are thatched Seminole and Miccosukee structures all over Florida and they are made using Thatch Palm. The little palms are scattered all over on the Long Key trails.
|Barbed Wire Cactus|
A cactus that to my eye resembled the cacti of the Southwestern states, is an endangered cactus of the keys; Barbed Wire Cactus.
There were Sea Grape, a tree whose mildly grape flavored fruit is a favorite of many wild birds and mammals, including humans.
|Sea Grapes shown are unripe - when ripe, are purple|
|Traipsing the Golden Orb Trail|
|Baseball sized Blue Crab in its burrow|
|Only an inch worth of crab|
|Where the trail was under salt water on our way in,|
high and dry on our way out
We all headed further south, and on Key West. Larry took us to a shore where we enjoyed viewing the birds on the far off pier.
|Three Roseate Terns, all in a row|
|The Roseates put on a show for one of their mates, |
as one sang capella, and a second danced a jig
|a less musically talented Least Tern|
|And last and certainly not a Least, a Royal Tern|
There was a Curly Tail Lizard, that was pretty dinky after seeing it's giant cousin nearby. Here are two views, which show the lasso-like tail on this tropical lizard.
We did a little birding on a Key West golf course. There were numerous Black Bellied Plover on the greens, and we were delighted to see this bird, which unlike most of the other birds, was still decked out in its breeding plumage.
|Beautiful Black-bellied Plover.|
|Me, a Bahama Mockingbird? I don't think so!|
There were lots of other birds around, and come to think on it, a fair number of beautiful Butterflies. Of course it was the largest, brightest ones that caught my eye. Shiny! Purdy!
|Julia Heliconian Butterfly|
|The outside of the restaurant which had atmosphere to spare|