The second day of our stay in Florida, it rained, it poured, it rained cats and dogs ~ most of the day;
so, we went shopping in the rain at the little Citrus Avenue shops ~ didn’t buy a thing!
The downpour finally abated in early evening, so we ventured out to see
if we could walk someplace that wasn’t under water.
Someone told us to check out the Churchhouse Hammock Trail ~ and so we did ~ it was beautiful.
Little squirrels scampering through the trees kept raindrops falling onto our heads from the water-soaked branches.
A red-bellied woodpecker was pecking away on a dead tree, high above our heads.
The beautiful, peaceful hammock (southern hardwood forest) was full of saw palmetto palms.
At the end of the boardwalk, we started down a more primitive path, even though it
made me a bit nervous ~ was hoping we wouldn’t encounter any snakes!
~ beautiful moss, but ugly poison ivy ~
After leaving that place, we drove to the Crystal River Archaeological State Park.
Along the way, Clayton spotted this juvenile red-shouldered hawk, sunning itself atop a dead snag.
He truly has a more keen eye than I do when it comes to spotting wildlife ~ and I so appreciate it! :)
I was the one to spot this yellow-crowned night heron though.
It was creeping stealthily towards the water ~ had its eye on some kind of prey.
Right after I snapped this photo, it struck the water again and grabbed something ~ perhaps a frog ~ I missed the shot. :(
The archaeological park is where Native Americans lived until around 500 years ago.
Burial mounds are at two separate locations on the grounds.
~ one of the temple mounds ~
~ view of Crystal River from atop the temple mound ~
~ one of the burial areas ~
~ second temple mound ~
~ another first sighting for me ~ palm warbler (western) ~
~ yellow-crowned night heron ~
Back at the motel, we laughed at this ball hitch topper ~ when the driver applied his brakes, the fish flopped back and forth ~
We ate on the back deck of the Cracker’s Restaurant, near the water ~ Clayton had grouper and I chose shrimp.
~ brown pelican ~
Even though the day started out quite wet and soggy, it ended in a lovely way.
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“He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak,
which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest:
he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.”