SWF: Longleaf Pines at Tibet-Butler

While waiting out the time between the scrubbed STS-127 launches in mid-June, we spent a couple of days around Kissimmee, Florida. One morning we visited Tibet-Butler Preserve in Orlando, a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Before we were chased out by the man-eating mosquitoes, we followed a bit of the Pine Circle Trail, where we were dwarfed by a forest of Longleaf Pine.

Longleaf

We were interested to read that seedlings of this tree have a so-called “grass stage” where they are easily mistaken for clumps of grass. Is that what we saw on the path, or are these simply fallen needles from the tall trees that surrounded us?

BabyLongleaf

Our lone bird on the short walk was this Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Pecker

We also glimpsed the greenest lizard I’ve ever seen (my guess – Green Anole [Anolis carolinensis]).

Lizard

No photos of the mosquitoes but trust me, they were there. Have a great weekend and a safe Independence Day to my fellow Americans, wherever you are. Be sure to check out the other posts submitted for Skywatch Friday this week.

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11 Responses to SWF: Longleaf Pines at Tibet-Butler

  1. Klaus says:

    Wonderful post. Enjoyed browsing your site and to read about your Florida Experience.
    Cheers, Klaus

  2. Wren says:

    Thank you for not showing photos of mosquitoes. I’d reflexively slap the monitor and break it – or my hand. Neither is a good outcome.

  3. Rob Ripma says:

    Great shots. Looks like and awesome place!

  4. gwendolen says:

    Have a great weekend Amy. I’m off to Brittany, toodles 🙂

  5. Arija says:

    The woodpecker shot is really nice with the blue sky in the background.

  6. Regina says:

    Nice blue sky with a bird. Wonderful post. Great shots.

  7. Christine says:

    ah, standing under the trees with such a sky is a gift. Very nice post.

  8. beautiful and bright!

  9. BPOTW says:

    Great photos and thanks for the nature lesson!

  10. Marnie says:

    Hello from a fellow Illinoisan. Lovely photos. I think the red bellies cousin lives near me;)
    Marnie

  11. Vickie says:

    Couldn’t help but take a peek at the long-leafed pines you found at Kissimee. I use long-leafed pine needles for coiling the rims of gourd art, mostly buying them from North and South Carolina. We have a few of these in TN. Thought they aren’t native, they have drifted across the borders.

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