I had to take a trip to Sumter County today, and I on the way back I stopped at one of their newer parks on Shady Brook. It's good to see places like this where you have access to what would normally be seen from a bridge on I75. You would normally be driving by at about 80 miles an hour, but here it is, right at the Lake Panasoffkee exit. That looks like a molly mixed in with the minnows, and possibly a Killifish fish on the left.
Its so hot out here, but I rarely come out this way, so I think I'll check the shade.
A wood pecker in the oak grove near the entry to the park; this was the only shot that came out decent.
The next pictures I feel rather ridiculous about. l tipped over this rock and found a clutch of eggs. There was something moving behind the eggs so I touched it's little blue tail, and this skink ran out. The eggs were larger than I would have expected for this creature, but I think they belong to her.
Now here are the eggs and the ridiculous part. I never noticed there was another creature to the left of the clutch till I was downloading the pictures several minutes ago. What a beautiful little toad! Old "eagle eye" Drew would have seen the toad, and maybe that other strange pattern above him. Lily would have wanted to hatch a few of these eggs.
There was more camo going on here and this turtle was a difficult spot.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.