My name is Loret and I am appreciative of nature and all that it has to offer.  I am a native plant enthusiast located in a rural section of Central Florida.  I walk around my property enjoying what comes to visit and I record these encounters with photographs, one of which I hope to share every day.

This is a companion blog to What Florida Native Plant is Blooming Today. Be sure to stop over there for a daily photo and thought on plants native to Florida.

The intention of this blog is to keep a on ongoing journal of what nature is appearing on a single acre of land in East Osceola County Florida on a daily basis. There won’t always be the highest quality of photograph since it is more about the encounter experienced and the photograph is merely to document the experience which took place possibly minutes before. One can’t always get that “Kodak” moment when something interesting happens fleetingly.

I hope to encourage use of more native plants in the landscape since that is what draws and feeds fauna as is evidenced by the fact that so much has come to visit my place since I began to allow the natural occurring plants to restore and stopped including exotic species in my landscape.

  1. v l said:

    Euthanize cuban tree frogs? What kind of advice is that??! One there should be a way to get them back to Cuba. It is not their fault they are here! 2. You can capture but DO NOT RELEASE. You can give them roaches to eat or place them where they can do that and no escape. What kind of advice are you all giving out to murder them?!!

    • Loret said:

      It is sound advice from a conservation standpoint and one I stand by. In years that we did not have a freeze and when I did not control the cuban treefrogs, my entire native treefrog population was decimated. In order to protect our native species I follow the recommendations of the University of Florida Despartment of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. found here:

      I am in agreement with their information which states: “Note: We do not advocate the needless or inhumane killing of wildlife. Unfortunately, these invasive frogs are having serious negative impacts on our native species and do need to be managed.”

      Much like overpopulations of cats and dogs can create health hazards, so too does the cuban treefrog.

      Thank you for taking the time to express your view.

  2. Beth said:

    Hi Loret,
    I recently discovered your blogs and what a gift they are — especially at this time of year when nature is resting during the long winter in Minnesota. I miss the “hum” of outdoor life, especially the native bees and butterflies, the songbirds and the beautiful flowers. I will be visiting your blogs each day to enjoy the Florida fauna and flora. Thank you! Beth

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