Palm Beach County Nature Centers – Hypoluxo Scrub

This was the park I used as the terminus of my morning walk.  The days are getting shorter so it was fairly dark when I arrived.  The Hypoluxo Scrub Park provides both paved and sand trails for exploration and would be great for the mobility impaired.DSC_3439acr107

In the scrub it was too dark for shooting handheld and I didn’t have any support with me.  I didn’t see much in the way of wildlife at the time but it was clear that the scrub was full of it from the tracks and scat from the previous night.  It was too cool and early for other activity too.  There is an abundance of plant life and quite a lot was in bloom.  Here are a few.  On the left Curtiss’ Milkweed and on the right Sandhill Jointweed.

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Left Narrowleaf Silk Grass and an unknown on the right.

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The unknown one turned out to have another interest.  As the sun finally made it above the treeline, I was able to see that the park hosted multitudes of spiders.  This is the web of a Tropical Orb Weaver – Eriophora ravilla.  If you look directly above the center of the web at the juncture of two flowered stems, you will see a little olive shaped, green area in the fork.  That is the spider.

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After taking this shot, I tried to get closer with Leitz ELPRO VIa but that little spider played peek-a-boo better than a mangrove crab.  No matter where I tried to get a shot, it was on the other side.   The best I could get was the image on the left below. I finally gave up on it.  On the way back, I also found a Golden Silk Spider – Nephila Clavipes in a higher bush.  It had suffered some damage but was still hunting.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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