Cherokee plum in bloom and native bromeliads
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Trout Lake Nature Center is located in Eustis. A boardwalk leads through the wet woods out to the lake. The high trees are the perfect roost for all sorts of birds.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Enlarge the photos to enjoy the young couple checking out our new bluebird nestbox.While one of them is looking at the inside, the other one makes sure nobody else comes near.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Nobody volunteered to lie next to him to show that Ben is 6 to 7 feet long. He is a wild animal that does not really care who takes his picture. Ben lives in Legacy and Clock Tower Ponds, but also roams our wetlands. His tail is stronger than his body and also a bit longer and thicker. Just in case you did not believe that we live in one of several Florida hill countries. You can see the old Citrus Tower from the BJ parking lot in Clermont. There is a deep valley between the ancient BJ sand dune and the Citrus Tower sanddune.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Clermont is the largest town in Lake County today. It sports several murals.
Downtown Clermont is a very modest affair. Almost all the shopping is off Route 27 and Route 50, both very busy thoroughfares, not even in walking distance of downtown.
Florida red maple
Clermont is named after the French city of Clermont-Ferrand because both are in the hills.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Our community had several lives: Florida scrub interspersed with wetlands and prairies. Clay pit. Orange grove. Cattle pasture. Retirement community. If it is like a cat, it will have 4 more lives. The woods near our home used to be a citrus grove planted mainly with the small mandarins that still produce like crazy.