I almost missed spotting this Black Racer who was warming up after a cool evening.
Down by the dock in the water I found a tiny little white flower with the name Pineland Pimpernel.
But something that really caught my eye was a pair of invasive species that were next to each other. Peruvian Primrosewillow popped up 3 or 4 articles ago and I bring it up again because you will find it happily co-existing with another highly invasive species, the Old World Climbing Fern.
Here is a closer shot of the fern’s leaves. Note that some of the edges are smooth and some are deeply lobed.
If the leaf is deeply lobed it is loaded with spores and here is a shot of the spores lining the edges of the lobes giving them a quilted look.
The fern is a Category 1 invasive and, if you want to read more, here is a link: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/255
But enough about invasive species. I want to leave you with an image of the Tar Flowers that are now in bloom. They are beautiful and really worth visiting them on The Trail.