I dropped my backpack on the way to Caladesi Island State Park in February. When we arrived, I found the kit lens had not survived the fall. At least that was the cheapest thing to replace. And now, along with the replacement kit lens I have a 60mm prime to play with too.
It had rained recently, and the resurrection ferns covered every oak branch.
We heard buzzing nearby and found two wild bee hives near the trail.
Past the oaks and moving back into pine, we saw what looked like a large abandoned osprey nest, very high up in a dead tree. But after noticing some movement, a fuzzy owl chick, and then a second peeked over. We think they are Great Horned Owls, and are the first owls we’ve seen in Florida, athough we’ve heard far away hooting several times.
Back at the marina, waiting for our return ferry, two gopher tortoises strolled onto the grass, not at all bothered by all of the people.