Photos by Roger Zellmer of our trip to Mayakka State Park in Florida, on February 18, 2014 with my sister Joanne and her Husband David. Photos were shot with a Canon 5d Mark iii using a Canon 70- 200 mm f4.0 lens and a Sigma 12-24mm f/5.7 lens.
Florida is loaded with some very nice State Parks. This one is near Sarasota.
A very popular fishing venue here.
I wanted to take a ride on an air boat like this, but it was not available for rent, as it was used for rescue only.
Would love to pilot this baby on the lake.
We took a 2 hour tour around the lake on this barge like air boat.
It was a narrated cruise, done by this knowledgeable and comical gentleman.
The big alligators were out sunning themselves on this beautiful morning.
I would not kayak very close to this big guy.
Spanish moss adorned the cypress trees on the shore line.
A congregation of alligators in peaceful slumber.
Canoing and kayaking is very popular on this lake.
The food supply is abundant here, hence very large guys.
It was a beautiful morning with nice lighting.
This water scenery shot intrigued me.
We also took a land tram tour through
the prairie part of the large park.
This is Whooping Crane, a bird which I have never seen in California.
Air plants growing on the prairie trees.
Loved the colors. Apparently this Lichen like plant can only grow in a very pristine air environment.
Dreamy looking Spanish Moss in abundance.
We did a short hike which included man made wood bridge walk through the tree tops. A bit scary but beautiful.
My sister Joanne and her husband David in the tree canopy.