A Walk on Payne's Prairie - Pictorial Journaling
Entering this enchanting terrain
This is Florida at its best. You will get lost in the serenity of the area. You will be intrigued by the vast array of plants and animals that you may not find in other locations in such abundance.
Natural Beauty will surround you
Paynes Prairie is a spot in Florida you will want to visit. It is an easy location to travel 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.
History of the Payne's Prairie
This location became the state of Florida's first state preserve back in 1971. It has been designated as a national natural landmark.
Humans have occupied according to the state park website as far back as 12000 BP which means before present. ("Present" is considered 1950).
In the 1700 the Seminole were native inhabitants of the area. The prairie is named after KIng Payne, a Seminole Chief some historians believe. During the second Seminole War some raids occurred in this vicinity.
Pickerelweed was not abundant this day but you can see a few blossoms if you look closely
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
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??
Yes, it is our first gator of the day
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...
A Sea of Water Lilies
A day to remember
"Is that really a gator?"
Up the stairs to a LOOK OUT spot
Splashes of color greeted us at every turn
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.
Source for historical information and a source which provide more information about Payne's Prairie, check out the link provided.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Patricia Scott