I took my bike on its first field trip today. It was so much fun to be riding again, even though it was only to the library. It took me 5 minutes to get there but a little longer to come home since it was a tad windy and there is a couple of inclines (I hesitate to call them hills but really, they are Florida hills!) on the way home. Also, I had been tasked by Susan to take pictures from my bike.
Now, you have to understand that I live in a small rural town, which is getting bigger because of all the developments on the outskirts, but the downtown is small and is cut in half by a major roadway that many many trucks take. In order to go to the library, I have to go alongside that road so I will spare you the sights: commercial development, trash on the side of the road from all the truckers that park there to go to McDonald's or Hardee's and then just pitch their trash out the window (grrrr), pretty much nothing pretty to see.
However, I live very close to the lake that is downtown so I can ride my bike alongside it for part of the way and this is where most of these pictures were taken.
|Past the playground, there is a small "park" that the city tries to landscape. I liked that red bush. I think those are bougainvilleas.|
|The lakeside has a border of "bushes" that have bright yellow flowers on them right now. They are called long-staled seedboxes (Ludwigia arcuata).|
|There are also a lot of these flowers alongside the lake shore. They are lance-leaved arrowhead (sagittaria lancifolia).|
|This is pink purslane or "rose moss" (portulaca pilosa)|
|I was trying to take a picture of this black bird that was resting on the boat dock, but he flew off when I turned on my camera. I can't tell what kind of bird it is, there are several that are very similar in my Birds of Florida field guide.|
|There were 2 empty shells at the edge of the water at the boat ramp.|
|I believe the shells are from Florida Apple Snails (pomacea paludosa)|
|There were tons of little fish swimming in the shallow water near the boat ramp. I'm not sure what kind they are.|
|Even though this is downtown, we live in a rural area... these cows are in a pasture just on the other side of the lake. Sometimes we can hear them moo from our house!|
|Those white ibises were walking by the playground, looking for bugs in the grass.|
|This one wasn't near my house or garden...|
|My pretty bike at the library!|
|I love those! This is Common Spiderwort (tradescantia ohiensis). They grow on the side of the very busy and ugly road so they made that portion of my short ride more enjoyable :)|