I am from a beautiful area that is renowned for it’s beaches. The Emerald Coast provides for us when it’s pure white sand beaches and emerald green clear waters. It’s beauty and appeal are undeniable. But there is a “sister” to her beauty that is much less spoken of or explored in comparison. Sort of like comparing brad Pitt to his brother, Doug. Next to brad, he’s maybe a 7. Standing alone, you might say a 9. So the attention of the emerald coast goes to its Brad Pitt, and the Forests are content to take second place. I take my girls on frequent walks through the scenic landscape, so I thought you might like a virtual look at what I’m talking about.
These were my favorite as a kid. When you touch the leaves, they close up as you can see here!
Dogs in heaven! Pineneedles litter the trail along much of the way.
This photo couldn’t quite capture how pretty the section of the trail was. But I tried.
A skink? Not sure.
They found an old nest that fell from the rotted tree below. I wonder if the babies ever made it?
Dead tree still providing for food for termites, nesting sites are woodpeckers, and landing/lookout perch for birds.
They just follow along, happy as clams!
Pretty, looks like the lupine that grows in the spring.
The very popular native palmetto. Snakes like to live among these plants. Supposedly, they do not grow in wetlands, so, the mark of an anti-wetland area. (Used in real estate evaluation of property)
Nice shaded section of trail- a wet area if it’s been raining at all. (no palmettos on the left/wetter side)
But wait- did you know that there’s a little insect that lives at the bottom of this little pit that he created? He digs it out, then waits for another bug to slide into it. Then he keeps throwing more sand up at the bug so It can’t climb out until he grabs it and eats it
A little about the forest if you would like to read…
(The end, and thank you for watching!)