A place to enjoy the flora and fauna of FishHawk Ranch, Lithia, FL. Residents are encouraged to submit photos, however, no people, pets, indoor plants or photos of homes. Let's keep this about the beauty of nature in our community!
Thanks for looking! Please stop by again, I will post new photos regularly. Click on photos for an enlarged view. ***To submit your own photos, click on the here.*** Steve Meador
Steve's popular book, Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree, can be found in libraries around the country. It was an entrant for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry and a National Book Award. You can buy a signed copy here, along with his chapbooks, Pack Your Bags and A Good Sharp Knife. You will enjoy the writings of your FishHawk Ranch neighbor, writer and Realtor!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Milkweed and milkweed bug found in conservation area.
Although it was my intention to not post photos of buildings, this is an exception. Storms are nature and FishHawk has its share! Resident Greg Dean captured these views while practicing his camera wizardry at night, giving us a wonderful before and during scenes of lightning brightening up an evil looking sky. Seems timely with the new Harry Potter film being released.
Depending on the weather and time of day some of the most beautiful views in FishHawk can be found with one of the many ponds in the foreground. Resident Kannan Deivasigamani took advantage of one of those times and submitted these photos.
We seem to have fallen into the typical Florida Gulf Coast weather that most people are familiar with: hot, humid, afternoon showers. Unfortunately, the recent showers seem to be in the mornings and evenings, too! If you are a fungus watcher, that is good news. Homeowners and visitors who walk along the miles of trails in FishHawk Ranch will notice an almost countless variety of fungus. Be sure to take your camera when you walk, and pay close attention to the sides of the trails. Never know what beauty might be lurking. Please do know disturb any of the fungus, some are poisonous and it is wise to leave it as is. Others are harmless and deserve to be left for the next person to enjoy. The problem is that most of us do not know the difference.
Resident Diane Steinbach has been outdoors regularly with her camera. With all the recent moisture in the Tampa area she has noted that, "the fungus is amungus!" Evidently the grasshoppers are among us, also. She caught a beautiful shot of an eastern lubber.