Lens Artist Challenge – Nature

Last year, we took a tour boat ride down the Peace River for a day of relaxation. We were quite surprised at how much we didn’t know about Florida wildlife. It was a fun day. We plan to do it again.

Florida Gator out for lunch

According to our guides Captain Jeff and his First Mate Lisa, ibis, roseate spoonbills and alligators are native to warm climates and Florida. The information they imparted on our tour was both historic and humorous. He did manage a few tall tales along the way. 

His constant companion, Rusty, made himself comfy for a little relaxing snooze.

The sun reflected its’ warm rays on the calm waters as we traveled down the Peace River to hidden estuaries into undisturbed corners of nature. 

When Ponce de Leon discovered these waters, he’d penned the name Rio de Paz. It was later changed to the English translation of Peace River. Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led the first European expedition to Florida. 

In the distance, you can see white Ibis nesting among the mangroves. An Ibis is a gregarious wading bird with a downward curving beak.

During Hurricane Charlie, back in 2004, many of the wildlife shelters along these shores were damaged and destroyed. The banyan tree, native to India and part of the mulberry family, is an enormous tree with many uses.

Young plants put forth roots, which form secondary trunks to support the expansive limbs. These trunks send out more roots until they crowd out the host tree.

Fish and small birds, nest and take shelter in these roots. The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, and used as animal fodder. The tree produces figs which are popular with birds and monkeys, and also produces flowers that attract wasps for pollination.

As we all know, every would-be pirate needs a good ship, and Blackbeard had one of the best. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was a monstrous converted slaver ship, packing 40 cannons with room for dozens of murderous pirates. This mighty pirate ship could go toe-to-toe with any armed merchantman. On board her decks, Blackbeard terrorized the Caribbean. 

There’s a tale that Blackbeard wanted to hide many of the treasures he’d amassed. As you can see by the photos, this is very dense foliage along these waters. To find the locations of where he’d buried his booty he would plant a palm tree. Palm trees do not grow along the water’s edge. They have to be planted. There are a great many people that, even today, search for Blackbeard’s treasures which are said to still be hidden somewhere in this dense foliage.  

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 33 – Nature

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13 thoughts on “Lens Artist Challenge – Nature

  1. We enjoy visiting different locations in Florida.
    It’s a very long state. Each area is known for different historical things and the landscape changes too. Not all of the areas are beaches.
    I’m happy you visited, Leya, and left such a wonderful comment. Thank you
    Isadora 😎

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  2. A very good idea – tourist in your own home area! That is something we all should try – many things to learn. And we always go far away and forget our own vicinity treasures. Lovely trip you were taking us!

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  3. Wonderful post, Isadora. You make me realize that I’ve visited Florida many times, but never took a tour like this. I should definitely do that too. You certainly learned a lot on your tour. It looks wonderful.

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    • I like to play toruist sometimes. There are many places where you can discover a lot about Florida. It’s incredible. Glad you enjoyed, Patti. Oh, this tour was out of a small little area in Charlotte County called Lake Suzy. Hope you get to explore Florida again, one day. Thanks for commenting.
      Isadora 😎

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    • Thank you so very much, Suzanne, for your wonderful comment.
      I enjoyed the tour we took that day. It was a short 30 minute drive from my home to this location.
      We’d never taken the tour and decided to play tourist that day. I’m very pleased we did.
      I learned a great deal about the location and Florida. There were many gators
      out there that day. I can imagine the conquistadors up to their knees in water and trying
      to get passed them without being eaten. : )
      Isadora 😎

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    • Yes, gators are all over the place in these waters. He mentioned the conquistadors walking through swamps and many dying because of the gators. YIKES … no swimming in those waters. LOL Thanks, tina. Glad your enjoyed our day spent as tourists. It’s amazing how much there is to learn in Flroida. Have a super week … Izzy 😎

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