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A Walk on Payne's Prairie - Pictorial Journaling

Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

Entering this enchanting terrain

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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 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

Looking for dinner...

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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....

"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

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.

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

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.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park

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

Comments

bhattuc on January 18, 2020:

Nice article. Very informative.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 30, 2019:

Thank you for walking with me. It is an amazing walk every time it is made and varies throughout the different times of year. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 03, 2019:

Lovely photos of Payne's Prairie, I enjoyed the walk through your article, thank you for sharing.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 24, 2019:

One thing I love about it is that it is always evolving. It is never the same as the natural beauty emerges in a new and surprising way each year Thank you for stopping by Angels are headed your way ps

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 23, 2019:

Great article and photos, Patricia. I first noticed the prairie on the way to Orlando. I could tell it was a different looking area even before seeing the sign. Later I read up on the site and found out about its diverse plants and wildlife.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 23, 2019:

Thank you so much. This really is a spectacular place to visit----so I hope that you get to visit one day Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 23, 2019:

O thanks ----you are so right--the concrete jungle encroaches more and more every day. I hope to get more photos soon. Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 22, 2019:

What beautiful photos of a place I would love to visit. I spent a couple of summers on St. George Island and visited Apalachicola, a charming fishing town.

I enjoyed this walk on Payne's Prairie. Thank you.

RTalloni on July 16, 2019:

Thanks for this look at Payne's Prairie. All but my last school years were pre-WDW, pre-concrete! So much of Florida's natural beauty has been destroyed, especially Central Florida, making the preserves so much more important. Hope you can add more photos here before the year is out!

Rajan Singh Jolly on October 27, 2018:

Lovely photos of Payne's Prairie, a place I would certainly love to visit. Thank you for sharing.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 23, 2018:

It is really a wonderful walk however this year we have not been able to go yet. We have had so much rain that in that area we would not be able to travel much distance at all because of standing water. Great memories though when I look at the photos. Thank you for stopping by again. Angels are headed your way this evening, my friend, bringing blessings and hugs and love ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I felt like taking this virtual journey with you again today. We are presently avoiding many outdoor activities because of excessive heat. Normally I love walking in parks and other scenic places. Sending good wishes and thoughts your way today.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 21, 2018:

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

Robert Sacchi on July 20, 2018:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 20, 2018:

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

Robert Sacchi on July 15, 2018:

Out of curiosity, are their guides available?

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 15, 2018:

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

Robert Sacchi on July 13, 2018:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 21, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 21, 2018:

Stopping by again to encourage you to keep writing!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 14, 2018:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2018:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 28, 2017:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 22, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 15, 2017:

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

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on November 13, 2017:

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.

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on November 13, 2017:

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.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 08, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 08, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 05, 2017:

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

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on November 04, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 04, 2017:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2017:

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!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 03, 2017:

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

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 02, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 02, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 02, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 02, 2017:

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

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 02, 2017:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2017:

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.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on October 31, 2017:

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)?

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 31, 2017:

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.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 31, 2017:

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

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 31, 2017:

A nature walk such as that makes me wonder!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 31, 2017:

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.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 31, 2017:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 30, 2017:

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 30, 2017:

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.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2017:

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

Bob Bamberg on October 30, 2017:

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