Spring is here! I was wondering if it would ever arrive. Just over 10 days ago we had freezing temperatures – coldest in 9 years they said! I have proof in photos as I will post in my spring album. Now temperatures are in the perfect 70’s. It has been very nice to be able to walk Bo later in the evenings with dusk falling near 6:45 in the evening. Tonight we saw the bats emerging from the bat house near the fishing pier at Al Lopez Park where we have been walking the past few evenings. We counted 7 of them in the time we were standing there (about 6:40 pm). It is good to know that the bats have taken up home in these bat houses, built during the demolition of the old Buccaneers Stadium. Thousands of bats lost their homes and their lives when the old stadium was torn down. They even haulted the demolition for a few days and tried to do most of it after dusk to save as many bats as they could. We have to be grateful for these flying critters here in Florida as they eat hundreds of bugs (even mosquitos) every night.
 Another patron at the park found a few fish carcasses along the shore of the lake at Al Lopez park. They were probably suffering from the cold conditions and scooped up for dinner by the local racoons. The photos also in the spring album on this site show how large the plecostomus (or commonly known as the common algae sucker) can get in the right environment. This fish is commonly sold in aquarium shops and is native to South America. They can grow up to 2 ft. and can be territorial. You can see many of them in the Hillsborough River at the bend near the campground area of Hillsborough River State Park. 
I love walking through the forest in the spring, so many plants are blooming, it seems like all are brushing off the drab of winter. The frost hit Tampa hard, but the forested areas seem to have taken the cold well. I have posted a few photos of the plants coming out of thie winter hibernation and even a few photos of the lovely birds that can be seen at the park.
Take a few moments and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of spring. It is truely a wonderful time of year!

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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1 Response to Spring!!

  1. Sandra says:

    What a nice entry. I can feel the excitement in you words as spring approaches. I can see from your photo\’s it has been cold, ice in the bird bath and dog bowl, that doesn\’t happen here. While you may have had some extreme weather, so are other parts of the world. Times have changed, we no longer know what to expect.Even here on the Gold Coast we have suffered with severe storms. Only 3 weeks ago, the storm took out my computer, my printer and my internet connection. I look forward to seeing more of your outings now that the weather is improving. Sandra

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