While on the preserve, we watched an osprey land and devour a fresh catch!
We also saw the largest diamond back rattlesnake I have ever seen! He was just a few feet from us on the trail under a palmetto and he was very unhappy with our approach!
|diamond back rattlesnake|
After the preserve, we took a
ferry across the St Johns River
|always fun, we saw dolphins as well!|
The slave quarters were the homes for
60-80 enslaved men, women and
The homes were built with a material
called "tabby", sand mixed with
shells to make cement.
|remains of the slave quarters circle half the plantation|
This banded water snake
was trying to warm up
right next to our canoe
I have never seen so many
green herons in one
area and probably
will not again!
|yep, a little fall color!|
|the green heron has a longer neck than you would think!!|
|after the canoe outing I had to tackle this gator who tried to go after Mike;)|
|just a baby! about 15 inches|