Rambling at Kleb Woods


It had been far too long since I’d spent any considerable amount of time outside, so last Sunday I decided to brave the 100* heat and go for a walk at Kleb Woods. I almost left to go at 1pm but waited an hour, thinking I would postpone until later in the evening, but I needed out and so at 2pm I left for the woods.

Chris and I had been here back in the Fall on a weekend. It was busier then and the hummingbirds were around, sipping nectar from the feeders and the flowers in the hummingbird garden. This time the heat of the day brought stillness over the woods, though the forest was still active with butterflies, cardinals and a chorus of locusts. Wafts of pine needle perfume permeated the forest; the afternoon heat taking the heady aroma up a few notches. The scent of pine needles is one of my favorite smells, one of the things I miss about hiking in the Florida pine scrub.

Go for a walk and see what I saw:

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Phytolacca americana, pokeweed.

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Passiflora lutea

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Gulf fritillary

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Pearl crescent—I think.

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Justicia ovata, waterwillow

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