Anhingas, Monarch Butterflies, Turtles, and Anole Lizards were all spotted at the very lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail along the springs on the boardwalk. Such a lovely spot! I have also spotted egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and songbirds on previous visits. One lady mentioned she had seen a small alligator previously there at the springs (there is a pond nearby).
The area is next to a new regional community recreation center and park in the newer area of The Villages. The developer has taken care to leave a lot of natural area within the subdivision. I enjoy visiting this beautiful and oh-so-serene spot under large Live Oaks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A flock of Egrets
Here are some pictures I recently have taken at various locations around, and adjacent (cattle ranch), to the development here where I live. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy
A Common Crow
A Tufted Titmouse
Cattle (Longhorn? Watusi? and Brahman)
A Cuban Brown Anole
Anole Lizards being reptiles and cold-blooded animals, like to sunbathe to get warm. I could not imagine though, seeing lizards sunbathing on the tops of heat pump air conditioner units, of all things! It all stated when I looked out my window a couple of days ago and saw an Anole Lizard sitting on the air conditioner in the back yard. I went out to take a few pictures and noticed that the neighbor across from me also had a little lizard perched on top of their air conditioner. Aha, a trend, I thought!
I live in a neighborhood of attached row homes. To informally test my new hunch about the lizards, I quickly decided to take a short walk between the buildings down the back common grassy area. I did this early in the afternoon. Nearly every home I saw had one, two or three lizards sunning themselves on the air conditioners! Amazing! I like lizards. Lizards help keep the insect population in check. These small Anole Lizards seem common here in Florida. I took these pictures on May 2, 2013 in my yard and near my home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!