Florida Day Eight: More Birds, Spiders And Butterflies At Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.
There are not a lot of hiking trails in the Florida Keys so I returned to the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park for a third day on Wednesday morning to hike in the sub-tropical hardwood hammock forest.
It was partly cloudy, humid and a mild 75 degrees when I started my hike just around sunrise at 6;45 a.m. I tried to make it to the ocean to watch the sunrise but it was already rising over the mangroves trees when I left the hardwood hammock forest.
I walked the trail to the inlet and ocean again. Along the trail I came upon this red orb spider sitting in the middle of his web. I think the warmer temperatures caused him to be active at this early hour.
this beautiful prairie warbler.
As I continued my walk I did notice some unwelcome inhabitants of the park, mosquitos . A small swarm buzzed my head and I received a few bites but not as many as previous years. But it looked like the park rangers anticipated this and the mosquito trap were out along the trail.
I walked out to the mangrove groves one more time before I finished my five mile hike. There was a lot of bird activity on this beautiful morning but, unfortunately, I had a zoom conference meeting so I had to head back to my lodgings. Here is a link to a gallery of photographs from my hike in the sub-tropical hammock forest. Florida Day Eight Key Largo Dagny Johnson morning hike February 24 2021.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. Marie Curie