...but the view is still pretty awesome.
Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve visited Lettuce Lake Park a number of times. The main reason was to walk the boardwalk and enjoy some of the beauty that Florida has to offer. The best view is from the park’s observation tower. Unfortunately, each time, the tower was closed due to repairs. So today, I tried again and got lucky. The tower was finally open and during the best time of year for it.
Seeing that the tower was back open was great and it seemed as if the wildlife was ready to put on a show. The Hillsborough River was fairly high and filled with patches of water lilies, so fish and turtles were seen in abundance from the top level. The squirrels were extra friendly, a welcome signs since during one of my last walks on the boardwalk, I was almost attacked by what looked to be a zombie squirrel. Being from Florida, the best part of this time of year is the alligators. During the summer months, alligators are much more active. Even if you don’t see one, you’ll hear tons of them grunting and growling. I lucked out and saw two, but heard a good deal more. One little guy was snuggling up to a turtle getting sun.
The colors this time of year are outstanding as well. Cypress sapling leaves are a lovely chartreuse, made even more vibrant when set upon the backdrop of dark umber trunks of much larger cypress. Oh, and when the light hits the water around cypress knees just right, there is this beautifully rich amber color that I adore. Mix that with a cluster of duckweed…just gorgeous. Simple trips like this remind me that Florida is pretty great and how lucky I am to live here.