Barr Hammock

Trail by Barr Hammock Preserve near Gainesville, Florida.

Between Gainesville and sleepy little Micanopy, a one by two mile lowland alternates between swamp and shallow lake and is called a hammock. Known as Barr Hammock Preserve, it is mostly swamp with a few ponds this time of year. Along its margins leafless cypress and maples sport beards of Spanish moss thought grass and some shrubbery retain their greenery. A trail on a levee around the area provides good hiking and bird watching.

Cranes called and flew to and from the preserve as I walked along the levee trail yesterday. Bluebirds, cedar waxwings, egrets, hawks, and multitudes of other birds peeped, squawked, and sang from the brush and the marsh. A few gator slides and trails into the interior were visible, but in the cold morning air, none chose to appear, though I kept a wary eye.

There was much to see and enjoy there, but there was even much more to see than met the eye. More on that tomorrow.

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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