Our search for “natural” experiences does not always involve long journeys and maps with complex directions. We live in Lakeland, Florida and, true to its name, there are many local lakes nearby. One of these, Lake Morton, is virtually in the middle of the downtown area within sight of the public library.
(See our previous post: The Swans of Lakeland.)
On a recent morning, I grabbed a large cup of coffee and we drove to the lake about sunrise to see if any new birds were hanging around. Well, the morning light was soft, there were a lot of birds busy looking for breakfast, I had the camera with me…….a familiar story unfolded. A couple of hours later, the coffee was stone cold but I had an enjoyable morning observing the urban avian residents begin their day.
Wood Ducks were busy feeding, mating and posing. The abundance of Apple Snails is good news for Limpkins. I counted 16 individuals just along the southwest shoreline on this morning. A Mute Swan lifted his head from among the lily pads long enough for a portrait. The female Mallard flew by as though she was late for an appointment and a lone Lesser Scaup floated on the lake surface illuminated by the reflected morning light from nearby office building windows.
A wonderful way to start a day, even without any coffee!
Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit.
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