A Walk on Payne's Prairie - Pictorial Journaling

Updated on May 21, 2018
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Patricia is a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter whose passion is to put into writing things she feels and experiences.

Paynes Prairie is a spot in Florida you will want to visit. It is easy to get to via 441 or I- 75. On the Prairie you will a varied collection of plants and animals that you may not have the opportunity to witness in other areas.

On any given day you may see: gators,bison, jackrabbbits, bobcats, snakes, sand hill cranes and hundreds of species of birds just to name a few. Along with the abundance of wildlife you may see--- a variety of interesting and beautiful plants including American lotus, pickerelweed*, marsh marigolds, pine, and a myriad of other small plants and trees.

It is best to go in the fall as walking in the summer it is very hot. There are a few spots where you can stop to rest but not many.

*Pickerelweed is an aquatic plant that has lovely and abundant lavender blossoms.

Pickerelweed was not abundant this day but you can see a few blossoms if you look closely

Looking in the center right field of the photo you can see  (squinting) one of them
Looking in the center right field of the photo you can see (squinting) one of them | Source

Looking for dinner...

Finding God in nature....Turn up the volume and feel the words

We were greeted with this sign about half way into our walk

That could mean a snake  .....  a gator....or a bison.
That could mean a snake ..... a gator....or a bison. | Source

Gather a group of friends and head out for a walk on the Prairie

Choose a date and a group of friends and head out. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a bottle of water....perhaps tuck it in your fanny pack.

And be sure to bring your camera as their will be many photo ops.


Nature has been for me, for as long as I can remember, a source of solace, inspiration adventure, and delight: a home, a teacher, a companion.

— Lorraine Anderson

Can it be??

It certainly is...Mr. Gator gliding across the waters in the Prairie.
It certainly is...Mr. Gator gliding across the waters in the Prairie. | Source

Yes, it is our first gator of the day

How exciting it was to be so close to this creature.
How exciting it was to be so close to this creature. | Source
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Paynes Prairie Florida:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667, USA

get directions

Paynes Prairie is has a diverse assortment of plants and animals. It is a great place for a group walk...watch out for the gators.

Strolling along taking it all in...

Part of our group headed down one of many paths on the Prairie
Part of our group headed down one of many paths on the Prairie | Source

A Sea of Water Lilies

Acres and acres of these beauties greeted us as we traveled down the path.
Acres and acres of these beauties greeted us as we traveled down the path. | Source

A day to remember

Sunbathing

They looked like statutes...but alas, they were very real....
They looked like statutes...but alas, they were very real.... | Source

"Is that really a gator?"

Sister and brother visiting from Italy excitedly spying the first gator of the day
Sister and brother visiting from Italy excitedly spying the first gator of the day | Source

Up the stairs to a LOOK OUT spot

We could look out over the  Prairie from this spot.
We could look out over the Prairie from this spot. | Source

Splashes of color greeted us at every turn

We found beauty with each step down the path
We found beauty with each step down the path | Source

Come see the natural habitat of many critters and plants

Whether you will be making your first visit to Florida or whether you are travelling here year after year, you will want to include a trip to Payne;'s Prairie on your agenda.


It is an experience like no other.


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      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        33 hours ago from sunny Florida

        Literally....a walk on the wild side.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        2 days ago

        You're welcome. Without guides it is a walk on the wild side.

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        Patricia Scott 

        2 days ago from sunny Florida

        No guides...it is a do your own thing kinda' day. thanks for stopping...Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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        Robert Sacchi 

        7 days ago

        Out of curiosity, are their guides available?

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        7 days ago from sunny Florida

        If you ever get down this way it is a walk with taking. Thankfully no frightening critters were on the path with us but one was very near. It made us hurry past quickly. Nice to see you again....Angels once again are headed your way ps

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        Robert Sacchi 

        9 days ago

        Great pics. That picture of the "Enter at your own Risk" sign is a nice touch.

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        2 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thanks....I do enjoy it but so much is going on with my family it is really difficult to find the time. Angels are once again on the way ps

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        Stopping by again to encourage you to keep writing!

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        6 months ago from sunny Florida

        You are so right. At present part of the prairie is off limits as it flooded during Irma and we have had rain since and it caused much standing water. One line north and south on a major highway remains closed. thank you for stopping by. Angels are headed your way ps

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        Mary Norton 

        6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Prairies are always interesting. You never know what you'll find. You are lucky toe close by.

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        7 months ago from sunny Florida

        Yeah...the thought of them kind of bothered me a bit but none of them came out to try to munch on us...thank goodness. Angels are on the way to you today ps

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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 months ago from USA

        This was lovely and I would love to visit if I had the chance, although those gators make me nervous.

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        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        O yes....there are many secrets tucked away in Florida that many do not know of. Maybe one day you can journey here....I am eager to revisit now that the weather has cooled.Thank you for stopping to visit. Angels once again on the way ps

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        Dennis L. Page 

        8 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

        I learned something new today. For instance, even though, I've visited Florida numerous times, I had no idea they have prairies. Your photos are wonderful.

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        Dennis L. Page 

        8 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

        Although I have visited Florida many times, I never thought of Florida having a prairie. Your photos are wonderful. Like you, I too appreciate the beauty of nature and wildlife. They fill my heart and make e smile.

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        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        You are so welcome. It is indeed a wonderful place to get amazing photos with every visit. Thank you for stopping.

        Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        It is true. And each time I return it is as if I am going there for the first time. It is new and reveals lovely curious flora and fauna at every turn. Thank you for stopping by. Angels are headed to you today. ps

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 months ago from The Caribbean

        Pictorial journaling is a great idea. Thanks for the views from Payne's Prarie.

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        Catherine Giordano 

        8 months ago from Orlando Florida

        Thanks for this pictorial journal. What a wonderful way to spend a day--quietly walking and observing all the small wonders of nature.

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        Yes it is....walking, I mean. Our weather has just cooled down a bit this past ten days...it still gets to the mid to high 80s most days but mornings are delightful for walking. I do walk in the evenings too. It is good for my soul.

        Thank you as always for stopping. Angels are on the way ps

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patricia,

        Walking is good and particularly nice when walking in parks and other natural areas such as the one you portrayed here. Once the temperatures get a bit cooler we plan to do more exploring of our area parks, etc. Still almost 90 degrees today and humid. Cooler weather lies ahead!

        Sending hugs your way!

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        I am familiar with the fish however to my knowledge there are none on the Prairie. Thanks for stopping Angels are on the way ps

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        Demas W Jasper 

        8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

        Pickerel is a fish type. Dp you have those in that park? We have them in lakes and ponds in Maine.

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        Hi Peggy....actually we went last July when it was miserably hot because young people had come to visit from Italy (family of my friend) and would miss the opportunity. So heat and all we went drinking water all along. It was STILL a wonderful experience and one I will do and do and do.

        Nature and walking does wonders for the stress level..Take care of you my friend....sending you hugs and love and prayers and meaning Angels to watch over you ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        I thought I replied but do not see it so am responding again. Thank you for visiting....I do have a photo of the pickerelweed but you would barely be able to spy it....the weed was not abundant when we made this walk. It is a wondrous and grand adventure, brand new every time we make it. Angels are on the way once again to you ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        There are many spellings for many words as I found when I looked it up....I do have a photo that has pickerelweed in it but you would barely be able to see it that is why it is not posted.

        And every spot is a look out spot for sure....what a grand adventure it is to go there every time we do.

        Once Again Angels are on the way and thank you so much for stopping by. ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        I adore these walk Devika. The beauty and calm of nature envelopes me and causes all stressors to cease. Once again Angels are on the way ps

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Thanks for introducing me to a place in Florida that I have never had the chance to visit. Enjoyed your photos and the videos. I hope you enjoyed this natural area recently. It would have been a nice day trip and getaway from day to day worries. Thinking of you with hugs, love and prayers.

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        Demas W Jasper 

        8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

        Dear Patricia,

        Could it be that, based on your description, every spot could be "a LOOK OUT spot It's always fun to see what others have seen that interested them. Do you have any photos of Pickerel Weed (a third spelling to add to your article's two spellings)?

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        O Hi Eric ....you would not be disappointed if you were able to visit this vast and life-filled area of our state.

        Hope all is good with you and yours....Angels are on the way this evening.

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        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        O yes Jackie....St. Augustine is a favorite place I visit as often as possible and have for many decades. There is always something new just around the corner. Hope you do have the chance to visit again and to see the Prairie. Angels are once again on the way ps

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        Devika Primić 

        8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        A nature walk such as that makes me wonder!

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        Eric Dierker 

        8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Wow, this is really cool. I do walk abouts a whole lot and my elder son suggested that the pictures I take should go into something. A now you just instructed me - thanks.

        You sure make me want to come out there and enjoy.

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        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        They are fearsome Bill for sure but we were able to keep a safe distance from them most of the time. I have to add a bit of an update...something I forgot to mention about the gators.thanks for stopping...Angels and hugs and a that good stuff headed to you and yours ps

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        8 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Been many years now since I have been to Florida but this reminds me of a place I lived near in South Carolina that had birds, wild animals and gators and just everything. Charles Towne Landing near Charleston of course. I just loved it so know I would love yours too. In Florida we loved St Augustine and the old forte and street there. Ah, the memories.

        I will remember your place in case I am ever down that way again, Thanks!

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        Bill Holland 

        8 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm sorry, dear friend, but those gators would be enough to keep me away from that prairie. It sure is a pretty place, though, so thanks for sharing it from a safe distance. :) Prayers, hugs, and love heading your way.

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        Patricia Scott 

        8 months ago from sunny Florida

        Hi Bob....hope to get to make the walk one day...it is a good one for sure.

        Sending Angels your way this morning ps

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        Bob Bamberg 

        8 months ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

        Interesting hub, Pat! That would be my kind of nature walk. Maybe some day...

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