Monthly Archives: April 2009

Oh, them golden trumpets …

The yellow trumpet tree is very common in Central Florida. When in bloom, it is one of the most beautiful flowering trees you’ll see. When it isn’t in bloom, you won’t notice it.

Lynn and I noticed this one on the way to breakfast this morning and made a few photos on the way home. It’s already dropped quite a few blooms, but is still quite pretty.

Yellow Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia)
Yellow Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia)
Yellow Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia)

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A bicycle ride 'round Orlando Wetlands Park

I’d been to Orlando Wetlands Park (25155 Wheeler Rd. Christmas, Florida 32709) several times, but always on foot and I always walked the 2.5 mile “Birding Route”. (Note: you can see larger versions of this photo in my gallery for this post.)

Great Blue Heron in flight

I wanted to explore the rest of the park, so yesterday I went back out there with my bicycle and rode around the perimeter. It was a very pleasant 5 or 6 mile ride. The dirt roads are very well maintained – no problems at all getting around with the bicycle. The scenery was similar to what I was familiar with around the Birding Route, although there seemed to be more wildlife – perhaps because there’s less visitors out there. The wildlife did seem more wary. I don’t know if it was because they’re not used to seeing people or bicycles.

In addition to what you see in the photos I posted on my website (gators, Great Blue Heron, Anhinga, Ibis, Bobcat (?), and flowers) I also saw a large turtle, and many other birds, including ducks, grebes, and many black vultures. The park ranger was anxious to close the gate at 7:30 so I had to leave before the sun had completely set, which was a very minor disappointment in an otherwise very pleasant late afternoon visit. I wonder when they open the gate in the mornings? It’s always been open when we get there before sunrise.

My photos for this post are here.

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