Just a few shots of a lake near me, one that I go camping at occasionally. This area has a beautiful lake, a man made pond and an awesome creek all on the same acreage. Each very different and individual about it's growth. I love primitive camping right in the middle of all three.
This is the creek which runs between the lake and a very large marsh which is part of a prairie supporting life for wild horses, bison and cattle which were first herded in by a Seminole tribe that lived there, under Chief Ahaya in the 18th Century. The prairie alone is over 21,000 acres.
(The canal and pond in fall)
And this is a picture of a small man made pond and one of my grandsons, a state project which features the natural growth of the area. It's a small watering hole for the native deer, bear, fox, bob cats and, many other of God's creatures. You name it, if it survives in Florida - it is invited by nature to this area.
Our local rowing club practices on the lake and I love watching those long boats swiftly moving across the top of the lake, hardly breaking the water, each person in the boat rowing in synchronization, perfectly. There are cement benches placed along the bank which are usually over run by the water, sitting there with your feet dangling in the splash is cool and refreshing. The water Lilly's there are large as 10" dinner plates and as yellow as lemons. There are more than 270 species of birds that live here, the variety of spiders, butterflies and other small insects you will see I can't even begin to name.
We find snake skeletons, lizards, skink, gecko, beautiful birds and yep, some very large alligators. It's so peaceful there and relaxing. Thank You God, it's so magnificent here.
And yes, the colors are true and it's amazing how different the plant life and water is in each of these even though they are all on one piece of property, tens of thousands of acres PROTECTED! In a boat, you can travel from the lake, through the creek and into the prairie marsh and see amazing things.
(The beautiful lake in summer)
24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.