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Sunday, May 1, 2011


After a swarm of termites chased me out of Northlake Nature Center (see previous post,) I went to Fontainebleau State Park, just a couple of miles up the road.


Bonaparte's gull.

A strange, orange plant I haven't been able to ID yet (drop me a comment if you can help!) It's not part of the green plant, fyi.

One of many red-headed woodpeckers.

Some kind of oxalis flowers.

Heading back to the car, I heard a loud buzzing noise near a tree. I looked up to see dozens of bees swarming a live oak. Being deathly allergic, I beat a hasty retreat (and took some photos from a safe distance with my 300mm zoom.)


Charles Gramlich said...

Lovely. Those bees are cool. Been a long time since I've seen a bee swarm

debra said...

Things are just starting to leaf out here---it's really late this year.

Travis Cody said...

Yikes! Termites and then bees? That can't be a good thing.

Erik Donald France said...

Yes, cool shots, indeed and yes, the bees are particularly awesome!

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; The bees freaked me out pretty badly, of course. I'm glad they took no notice of me!

debra; Sorry to hear that, hon. At least the process is underway!

Travis C.; After the bees I decided I was best off just going home. *L*

Erik; Thanks. :) The photo only shows a small portion of the swarm, too. There were a LOT!

Tom said...

Hey Lana- What's up? The strange rope-like parastic plant that you have found and photographed appears to be a member of the genus Cuscuta, collectively known as "Dodders". Which Dodder species you have, I'm not sure. This should produce small white flowers.



Lana Gramlich said...

Tom; Thanks! I suspected some kind of dodder. I'll have to see if I can narrow it down...

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