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You won't believe what this grasshopper is doing!

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Mid-August 2014

As I mentioned recently in comments in other buckets (or my own), a few of us more stalwart FTA members have been doing trail maintenance on the FL National Scenic Trail thru the Apalachicola National Forest. Altho the forest is criss-crossed with "forest roads" (from graded sand & clay to you-really-don't-wanna-go-down-that-one), it is as remote as it gets in FL.  Small creeks, seasonal ponds and wetlands, and thickets of Titi and Palmetto limit the passable areas.

Anyways - we were somewhere between Bradwell Bay (not a real bay but it sure is wet) and Tate's Hell (the local story of the guy lost for days who was said to have a Tate's compass.) After getting Mike's truck pulled out of a soft spot on one of those secondary forest roads we should not have tried, we stopped to check other sections of the trail and I wandered around taking photos. Here is something that made me smile - a grasshopper resting on a flower head and inadvertently pollinating.

grasshopper pollinating.

Photo is in Lightbox and well worth zooming in.

That is it for my bucket today. I will be in and out most the day and looking forward to your comments and observations. Please include your location, specific or general. Questions about what you observe are always welcome. We are a diverse group here and may know a little bit or be able to point you in the right direction as we discover the world outside our doors.

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