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A Nature Walk in Tropical WAUCHULA, FL

Updated on June 26, 2014

OSPREY (Bird of Prey)

OSPREY (Bird of Prey)
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A Walk on Thanksgiving Day

We were camping in Florida for the winter, just hopping around from campground to campground and enjoying the weather along with the sights.

We pulled into yet another campground for a few weeks and after a few days, I decided to get off of my Butt and take a walk

We were actually staying at the Thousand Trails - Peace River Campground, just south of the little town of Wauchula, be specific.

The day started out just like the previous two. It was a typical November in South Florida, rainy, and windy for a day or two, and then four or five days of great tropical weather.

But, it was always mild.

By around 10AM, the clouds had started to break up, the Sun broke through, and every thing looked beautiful.

Just right for a walk.

Nature Trail
Nature Trail | Source

A Great Book on the Peace River

Taking my Walk

I had made the normal last minute run to the Supermarket in Wauchula, to pick up some forgotten items.

Once done, our first simplified Campers version of a Thanksgiving Dinner, in our RV, was nearly done.

I had found some frozen Mashed Potatoes, and a boneless Turkey Breast in the Supermarket, along with a small fresh Carrot Cake, and the makings for some Stuffing.

All of which are pretty easy to make, even by my standards.

For some reason, even though this was our third RV, we had always been at home or at one of the kid's home, or somewhere else on Thanksgiving.

We had even spent a lot of time over the past month or so trying to decide whether we should be in Virginia, or Raleigh with family, or in Myrtle Beach with friends, or on the road in our RV.

We had finally decided on being in the South, in mild weather, in a nice Campground, with a heated Pool and Jacuzzi. Great for both of our Backs, and our Health overall.

We finished our Lunch, and I decided to go out and take a walk on one of the wonderful Nature trails, here at the Campground.

You know, a nice slow walk through tropical shrubbery, plants, flowers and such.

I really needed to pack all of the food I had eaten down, and maybe avoid going into a Sugar coma or something..

Attached are some of the pictures I took on my little nature walk.

Warning Signs
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Warning Signs

Of, course what is a Nature Trail without the appropriate warnings, of the hidden dangers that might be present?

And, we are used to looking out for such signs when we travel to an area of the country that we have visited before.

This is a big country and there are a wide variety of dangers wherever you might go, that the natives might take for granted.

These two signs might take that concept a little too far though ....... maybe?

A view of the Peace River

The Peace River
The Peace River | Source

A View of the Peace River

The Peace River winds around two sides of the TT Campground, and provides a beautiful backdrop for a lot of pictures.

It seems that the Peace River is also a great source of Fossils and is very popular for the great and free finds that seem to be everywhere in and along the river.

Supposedly, if you stick a shovel into a bank or sandbar, and sift the residue, you will almost certainly find at least a Shark's Tooth, or a piece of Bone, or other fossilized items.

Native Palms, along the path
Native Palms, along the path | Source

Nature surrounds you

I guess one of the things that we do enjoy when we travel is "sticking our toes" into the natural habitat of an area.

Here, in Wauchula, we were really excited by the nature trails that were already there. There were several of these trails and we took advantage of all of them multiple times.

What we really loved was the fact that each time we walked these trails we saw different samplings of the native wildlife living in and on the local plants.

Tropical Shrubbery
Tropical Shrubbery | Source
White Peacock Butterfly, native to Hardee County, Florida
White Peacock Butterfly, native to Hardee County, Florida | Source

White Peacock Butterfly

There were hundreds of Butterfly's fluttering all over the place. This specific one was the most abundant on that day, and is known as the White Peacock Butterfly.

What a Beautiful and active entertainer!

False Foxglove WildFlower
False Foxglove WildFlower | Source


And Wildflowers!

I do love to come across Wildflowers when I take a walk in the woods, or near a River, as is the case here.

Butterflys, Bees, and Wildflowers

Biden's Spanish Needle
Biden's Spanish Needle | Source

Butterflys, Bees, and Wildflowers

nature in Action!

I caught this shot with both Bees and Butterflys feeding themselves on the Wildflower blossoms.

A Wildflower and a LadyBug

Wildflower | Source
Ladybug? | Source

Wildflower and LadyBug

The Wildflower.

It was just hanging there in the blazing Sun.

Standing out from the surrounding vegetation, and begging for it's picture to be taken.

While, right nest to the Wildflower, a LadyBug was doing it's best to eat every piece of vegetation it could.

I show both pictures here, just for the color contrast.

More WildFlowers

More Wild Flowers
More Wild Flowers | Source

Peace River Pic

The Peace River upstream
The Peace River upstream | Source

OSPREY - Bird of PREY - Identification

Thousand Trails campground on the Peace River

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      shelbyK 7 years ago

      Don - Do you know that travel writing is a good way to make extra dough - whether you really need it or not? Each year I buy the "Best Travel Writing of the Year." Good travel writing can take the rocking-chair reader back home in Maine,while you are luxuriating in sunny Florida, right there with you, BUT . . . you have got to be able to identify what you are talking about. Get yourself a book on the flora and fauna of whatever part of Florida you are in at the time of your writing (probably close to being the same all over Fla.) and don't just show a picture and say butterfly, wildflower, etc. You need to name the "thing". I can promise you your readership will jump when you start identifying what you are seeing, experiencing. For example: Instead of saying "Wildflowers"you can then say, "Wildflower - native of the Wauchula area of south Florida, called the Lady Slipper, first discovered in 1792 by the botanist, John Foster, himself a native of one of the coldest climates on earth, Siberia." Now, THAT IS INTERESTING! and will grab and hold your readers attention and make them want more of YOUR travel/nature writing. Remember - Ya' gotta' know it before you can talk about it with any authority and convince others.

      As for this hub? - good, like all your others. You got it working, and I'm not saying you need to make something enjoyable become an arduous task each time you put a piece out here, but I bet even you, the writer, would like to know more about that pretty little pink "wildflower" you wrote about this time. Now . . . moving right along in our workship this morning - the word is BLOSSOM not BLOSSUM.

      I promise you it makes a difference. Another thing: get yourself a good dictionary and a thesaurus. They are invaluable to any writer. I could not write one complete paragraph without both of these tools. As I have said before, you are on a roll - seeing good stuff and sharing it with pictures and words. The camera doesn't lie. Make your words ring with truth and knowledge also.

      Now - you may be wondering - "why did ole'cuz - the English major - have to get into the teacher mode this morning, and in my public place?" Well, because I want everyone else who reads you to know what I know - that you have tremendous ability to tell a story, the right heart for the job, but that with all new writers, myself included in yonder days - sometimes we need a tad of prodding to reach a bit further and make the difference between - "O.K. another Don Bobbitt hub" to HOLD ON A MINUTE, GOTTA' READ THIS NEW HUB BY BOBBITT!

      (you can thank me later, and you will (tee-hee)

      My love to you, dear one.


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      shelbyK 7 years ago

      Just took a peak and see some good changes. I'm going to bed now. Broke my little toe on left foot Wed. during night - mad dash to the bathroom, what else at 4:30 in the morning?!. Tired of dragging that foot around. Tell you about it later. Sure do some stupid things when getting older! ss

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      great hub/pic.s

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      John and a camera 7 years ago from Co. Leitrim Southern Ireland

      Nice hub Don. Would love to see some more bird pictures on here. Keep up the good work.

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      Don Bobbitt 7 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks, John and a Camera! Yeah, I have a small library of OK shots, but I really need to step up my lens. I use a Nikon, and my "go everywhere" lens is a 28-200. I have a 300-zoom, but it is never on my camera when that great shot is staring at me. Oh Well! I love your shots though. Cudo's to you!

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      fortunecreator 6 years ago from Internet

      Great pics of Wauchula - definitely a nice place to visit in Florida.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      hi don, i was just searching google for pictures of an immature cooper's hawk to compare a shot that i had taken on january first this year. yours popped up. i hate to nit pick, or belittle your ID skills, but the bird in the photo is an osprey, judging by the patterning on the breast a possible female. a miss ID in the field is real bumber in the birding world, and if im not 100% positive of an id, i document the observation as an unidentified accipiter, dabbler, buteo, or whatever family the bird belongs to. i do like your photos, and knowing that you are a nikon shooter makes you alright in my book!!!! ill probly keep checking back, i love nature sites! check mine out at



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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Jack (Fortunexreator), thanks for the correction. I am at this moment changing the Hub to reflect your observation that the bird is indeed an Osprey (bird of prey).

      At the time that I took the picture, i had searched the web for images of "Florida Birds" and nothing came up that resembled my pic other than a distant picture of an immature Red Tail Hawk. So, eventually, I gave up and knowing that I was in the area at the time that Red Tails were most abundant in Central Florida,I took a shot that I was right.

      It is good to be corrected and have the right data out there for others.

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