Florida Day Eight: Key West. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park And The Botanical Gardens.
On my recent visit to South Florida, and my second day in Key West, I was looking at the maps for a new place to watch the sunrise. I decided Fort Zachary Taylor State Park would be a great place. I could watch the sunrise and walk along the beach. So I was up early and drove through the deserted streets of Key West . However. like the mouse in Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, poem , my plans went array. When I arrived at the park I found the access road gated. The park didn’t open until 8 a.m.
I hurriedly drove to the Ponce de Leon Pier at the south end of Duval Street to try and catch the rising sun. I got there in time, however it wasn’t the best place to watch the sunrise. And there were some clouds obscuring the rising sun. This was the best photo I could get.
I was able to visit this famous landmark. There are long lines here later in the day to get a photo of this landmark, which actually is not the southern most point. It is a short distance away along the shore.
The trail took me to a trail along the moat of the fort
I walked back to the parking area where I went to work. I appeared at an Estate Audit in my county’s Orphan’s Court by conference call. Thanks to zoom and other teleconferencing sources, , and an understanding and gracious Judge, I was able to appear at the hearing in the parking lot. I am able to do a lot work at my law office while traveling post Covid. . The hearing lasted about 15 minutes and I was soon roaming the trails by the moat again. It got hot under the strong Florida sun and there wasn’t a lot of bird activity. I did see a few migratory birds in the woodlands including a black and white warbler,
this pretty northern parula. Only some prairie warblers will remain in Florida to breed, the other will be migrating north. I was hoping to see a lot more of the migratory birds on this trip but I was didn’t see as many as I expected. I was glad to these few on my walk.
I saw one more bird before I finished my morning hike, this turkey vulture sitting on a picnic trail. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Florida Day Eight Key West morning hike birds April 4 2023.
It was now late afternoon so I left the park and headed back to Goldman’s deli for another great late breakfast. Here is a link to some more photos from my morning hike. Florida Day Eight Key West morning hike April 4 2023.
After breakfast I spent a short time at the hotel but was soon back at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens. I knew from my attempt to visit it closes at 4 p.m. so I drove over around p.m. It was hot, with temperatures in the mid 80’s so I was glad to walk under the shade of the large tropical trees in the gardens.
I roamed the trails until closing time hoping to see a few of the many species of birds that have been sighted here. Unfortunately there weren’t many, probably due to the afternoon hate, but I did see a few yellow-rumped warblers,
It was a nice visit but next time I will try and arrive in the morning when it is cooler and their may be more bird activity. Here is a link to some more photos from my visit to the botanical gardens Florida Day Eight Key West Botanical Gardens April 4 2023.
After watching the sunset across the Florida Bay from in front of my hotel, I did some work on my photos and retired early again. looking forward to my last day of exploring Key West and it’s nature trails and searching for it’s wildlife.
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”