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!
September is prime butterfly time in FishHawk Ranch. I recently waited close to the flowering plants around the large pond between Heron Glen and Teal Rise. I spotted about 7-8 types of butterflies and here are some of the photos that resulted. So, grab your camera, a couple bottles of water and plenty of patience, it will pay off.
September is a little late to find much fungus, however, it continues to lurk in the wooded areas and long the trails. I hope not to bore visitors with all the fungi photos, but there is such a variety in style and color. Here are a few recent finds from the conservation area between Eagle Ridge and FishHawk Blvd.
The largest find of the day, about 7 inches diameter.
The smallest find of the day, less than 1/4 inch diameter.
Baby gopher snake, Pituophis catenifer, very common throughout FishHawk Ranch. These are non-venomous snakes and are beneficial, although they will often hiss and rattle their tail like a rattlesnake when disturbed. They do not have rattles. They should not be destroyed.