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Florida Interlude, Red Bug Slough


January 4, 2023

The third park I visited during my Florida interlude was Red Bug Slough. It’s a place I’d visited several times but never connected with well. This time felt different, and I came away with some good visual memories.

1 It had rained recently, so the Resurrection Ferns (Pleopeltis polypodioides) were unwrinkled.

2 People who live in the South may get used to seeing Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) hanging from trees and even power lines, but It’s always interesting to me.

Old oak trees tend to be drenched in this plant.

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5 I don’t know whether this grey tree is dead or merely sheds its leaves seasonally.

6 This tangle of bare branches looks dead to me, but is it?

7 I couldn’t identify this bird as an immature Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), but my friend Lynda could. He’s about two feet tall.

8 He looks much smaller standing on a frond of these Giant Leather Ferns (Acrostichum danaeifolium).

9 Later he or his cousin flew to a platform where Lynda and I were looking at turtles.

10 Superficially, juvenile Little Blue Herons resemble Great Egrets (Ardea alba), but the colors of their beaks and legs are different.

11 Beauty and the beast: this White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) butterfly was perched on an invasive Largeleaf Mexican Clover (Richardia grandiflora) plant.

12 Red-Eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) were just one of the turtle species we saw. Unfortunately, they’re invasive, too.

13 I give up trying to ignore squirrels who pose for me.