As everyone knows, Florida is hot. While the heat can be brutal between June and September, it does mean that we Floridians are treated to not one, but two wildflower bursts. Though it is mid-October, the flowers are definitely blooming, attracting a host of butterflies and other pollinators. This resurgence of blossoms was very evident at Karick Lake, a public area within Blackwater State Forest. Underneath the stately pine trees I found a veritable meadow of flowers and greenery that practically seemed to glow in the afternoon light. Definitely one of my favorite places I’ve visited in Florida!
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello