|View from the top of Turtle Mound.|
|The shore, few people and absolutely no buildings.|
The Canaveral Seashore can be a narrow world between the waters. There are places you could throw a rock-sized shell from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mosquito Lagoon. Some areas of the barrier island are much wider across, like at Turtle Mound and around the old town of Eldora. We knew the weather was going to get very hot soon and the bugs would be awful, and we wanted to visit the park before summer heat and humidity set in.
|Walt on the easy walk up and down boardwalk of Turtle Mound.|
|The scenic view in the trees on the way down from Turtle Mound.|
|The lagoon's edge at Turtle Mound.|
The Welcome Center is where we started our morning, viewing a video about the park. If you call with a question or to reserve a campsite, this is where the phone calls are answered. The rangers here were excited about the turtle laying season about to begin and were discussing all the turtle programs they have underway and all the people they expect to visit the park. Most of the Federally endangered Leatherback turtles come back here from the sea to where they were born to lay their eggs in the sand. When they hatch at night, baby turtles follow the light reflected from the sea to return to the ocean.
|Volusia County students in learning mode.|
|Looking north along the empty beach.|
|And looking south.|
|Along the mosquito-infested trail to Castle Windy.|
|Castle Windy shell midden.|
|A Florida variety of coral honeysuckle.|
|Fishing at the Eldora dock. The State House is in the background.|
|Fishing at Turtle Mound in the deeper water.|
Birds are another big draw at the Seashore, with over 300 species recorded here. There are over 1000 species of plants listed, for many of the plants this is as far north in Florida as they grow. There are 14 federally endangered or threatened species of wildlife living here including manatees, turtles, southern bald eagles, wood storks, peregrine falcons, eastern indigo snakes and Florida scrub jays. And in the winter there are the migratory birds from up north.
|Resurrection fern in non-resurrected mode, waiting for rain to burst forth with green growth.|
|A strangler fig tree strangling an oak.|
|Flowers are everywhere.|
It was in the mid-80's the day we went, and the Florida weather was beautiful. Walt and I finished the fine day with lunch outside the park at a fish camp on the Mosquito Lagoon and enjoyed a quiet drive through the barrier island village of New Smyrna Beach. It was a great day!
|Turtle in parking lot.|