The main difference from the Panhandle is that there is very little dry land around here (our house is built on fill) and the forests have more hardwoods and palms than the long leaf pine woods that characterize the sandy hills of northern Florida. There are a lot more lakes and swamps and it rains a bit more, about every afternoon, just like in the Amazon jungle.
The Reedy Creek Swamp directly behind my house.
Angry storm clouds roiling in from the south.
An osprey soaring over the lake searching out a meal.
Sunset over the swamp.
It is a totally new terrain that I'm still adjusting to and very cautiously exploring. It's beautiful and a little bit frightening. As the weather continues to get cooler and the bugs and snakes become less of an issue I plan to explore more extensively into this mysterious and fascinating realm that seems to yield its secrets very reluctantly. Stay tuned and wish me luck.