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Back to Paynes Prairie

Anhinga

Anhinga

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, South of  Gainesville, Florida, is a beautiful place!  It is close enough to a small city yet it is wilderness.  Within the park there is a woodland area; a few fairly tropical-looking spots; the nice small Visitor’s Center; a vast, marshy prairie; small ponds; and a medium-sized lake.

We went into the interior of the park and paid the nominal day use fee.  We did see the Alligator at the Highway 441 overlook just outside of the official park (no charge to go out on that boardwalk pier overlook).  The huge observation tower within the main part of the park was closed for repairs yesterday.

There is a lot of varied wildlife at times within this park.  I took these pictures on November 30, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Alligator

Alligator

White Pelican and Cormorant

White Pelican and Cormorant

Florida Woodland

Florida Woodland

 

Anhinga

Anhinga

Prairie Marshlands

Prairie Marshlands

Roadway in Paynes Prairie State Park

Roadway in Paynes Prairie State Park

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Comments on: "Back to Paynes Prairie" (6)

  1. I really like your shot of the Florida Woodland!

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! I liked the short hike we took into the areas along the woodland fringe of the prairie swamp. Very interesting to see the old growth trees. Have a great day today!

  2. anhingas and alligators – two things i don’t have at my pond (one of which i’d like…the other, not so much!)

  3. Wonderful photos, the gator is neat and I like the Anhinga! Looks like a great park to visit! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks. It is a lovely place with a lot to see most of the time. There are different habitats and you get air, land, and fresh water critters there. Have a great Wed. tomorrow!

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