As we drove down from Guelph it felt as if we are fast forwarding in time as we started to encounter blooming spring flowers and trees sprouting their first leaves to eventually fully leaved treetops and the first real feel of summer.
This morning I awoke in Georgia to the sounds of new whistles, caw, and calls of unknown birds, surrounded by trees that have never felt the touch of snow. After two and a half day of driving we arrived in Florida and witnessed the change in flora as we drove past palms and trees draped with Spanish mosses.
I am astonished by the different bromeliads that are able to grow on the surface of buildings, walls and trees. We caught our first Lubber grasshopper today, one of the largest grasshoppers I’ve ever seen, sparking my excitement on what is to come.
As we drove towards the Kissimmee Prairies Preserve State Park (http://floridastateparks.org/kissimmeeprairie/default.cfm) the vegetation changed from that of a forest to scrubs and isolated pockets of trees (hammocks) surrounding by palm meadow as far as the eye could see.
When we arrived we quickly unpacked and began collecting insects, wandering into the palm prairies for the first time I found all sorts of long horn beetles and colourful wasps; I can’t wait to see what is in store tonight.