Turtles! George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

I came upon the nature park while I was driving and looking for a spot to have breakfast. Since rain was imminent and I had no intent other than to read in my car for the day I thought I’d take a quick stroll around what appeared to be a garden. I was thus pleasantly surprised when I discovered a large pond full of turtles. I spent quite some time watching these adorable creatures, particularly the turtles that were both on a log and attempting to mount the log; the latter were repeatedly unsuccessful and quite amusing. Exploring further led me to a few cages of rehabilitated birds and owls and past that a mile loop through Florida hammock habitat. The last little treat was when I spotted a Little Free Library on my way back to the car; I thought it was great that it was stocked with both adult and kids books.

George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Yellow-Bellied Slider (right) and Florida Cooter (left), George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Yellow-Bellied Slider (right) and Florida Cooter (left), George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Turtles on a log (Yellow-Bellied Sliders), George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Turtles on a log (Yellow-Bellied Sliders), George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Yellow-Bellied Slider attempting to mount the log, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Yellow-Bellied Slider attempting to mount the log, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Red-Earred Slider, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Red-Earred Slider, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Matilda, an injured female barred owl, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Matilda, an injured female barred owl, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Trail through hammock, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Trail through hammock, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

No idea what this pretty flower is but I liked it, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

No idea what this pretty flower is but I liked it, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Little Free Library, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida

Little Free Library, George C. McGough Nature Park, Largo Narrows, Florida