Everyday Laurali Star

Life As a Solitary Green Witch!

Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

Woodland Creatures and Florida Wildlife

Warm and Cozy Fall Colors + Autumn Foliage + Florida Skink in Orange and Black Halloween
One of my favorite things to do is to spend time in the woods, whether it be alone or doing a photo shoot with my girls!

What makes these little excursions even better?  When I actually get to encounter real-life, woodland creatures!

Living in Florida, you're going to see a lot of wildlife.  It's just a fact.  When you get out into places, like the bayou, beaches, or woods, the likelihood is even higher.

Sometimes, I don't even have to leave my home and there will be an ibis (bird), a bunny, or a turtle in my backyard.  Those are the magic moments!
Birds of Prey in Florida Sub-Tropical Climate in the Summertime

 Gray Ibis Bird - Birds of Prey

 Poisonous IO Moth Caterpillar

Cute Red Girly Nature Bug in the Weeds of Hammock Park in Dunedin, Florida

 Unidentified Red Weed-Eating Bug

Green Florida Turtles in Fresh Water in Florida's Parks in a Meadow

 Yellow-Bellied Slider Turtle

Warm Hygge Style Florida Skink

 Florida Skink

Birds of Prey White Ibis Bird Hunting For Fish

 White Ibis Bird

The Spiders of Hammock Park in Dunedin, Florida + Spider Bite Treatments

Woodland Creatures and Florida Wildlife

It's when I'm in the woods, where I find my peace.  In the wilderness of Florida, it's not unusual to see an alligator.  Sometimes, they can hear you, before you hear them.

There have been a few times when I suddenly heard a loud splash and would see the end of a tail going into the water.  Alligators are afraid of humans, and like all woodland creatures, tend to avoid us.

I've never encountered a bear.  We have brown bears in Florida, but on all my camping trips, I've never seen one.  The most I've ever seen were paw prints when walking with my brother.

Recently, I was reading a little about brown bears and if you see one, that means that they're stalking you for a meal.  They see humans as food.  So, needless to say, I am very glad that I haven't seen a brown bear, lol!

I have seen key deer multiple times, and I can honestly say, I never get sick of it.  It's like a different world when I head into the woods.  I am quite certain I've seen and "felt" fairies at Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole, Florida.  It's truly a majestic place!

Okay, they are not all woodland creatures but here in Florida, the ocean, the woods, the swamps, and everything, just kind of blend together.  They overlap.  It's not unusual to go to a nature preserve and see ducks, for example.

One of the things I get asked all the time from people living outside of Florida is do I get scared walking alone on native trails.  I tend to go out pretty far and get pretty brave.  The answer is no!  It's just like anywhere else in the world, you get used to it.

The truth is, I'm more scared of humans and what they are capable of than animals.  I feel very connected and protective of them.

A lot of people that come to Florida re surprised by how much Florida wildlife we have.  I mean, it's everywhere!

It's very nature-oriented here.  It's not uncommon to walk into your backyard or down the road and see squirrels, tortoises, birds of prey, bunnies, and more!

From the plane, as you fly into Florida, all you see is green and blue.  Very pretty!  Reminds me of earth colors.

I probably sound like a walking ad for Florida, but it really is a beautiful place!  One of my guy friend's said I'm the Queen of Florida.  I have to admit, I liked that, lol!

So, in late summer we have these giant orange grasshoppers that pop out from every corner.  Last year we had one come to the house so often, that we named him Sedgewick!

Of course, after we named him then I never saw him again.  I like to think he was okay and hopped off to live a happy life somewhere.  But really, who knows!

Thanks for reading!  What sightings have you had in or out of Florida?  I always like to hear what other people's hiking experiences are like.

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