Saturday, January 12, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park VI - Alternative Energy

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Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park Alternative Energy Solar Array
This is one of several things I really like about Moccasin Lake Nature Park, their alternative, or renewable, energy displays. They have a variety of displays on this subject. This was the one I felt most photogenic!

These are two solar panel arrays they have hooked up to batteries. From the batteries, the electricity goes through some electronics before it gets to whatever electrical devices are being powered this way. Solar power is one of the more visible forms of alternative / renewable energy available. Here in Florida we are blessed with lots of sunshine, so will become more and more common. Two other very viable types of alternative / renewable energy are wind and water. But more on that in another blog altogether, someday.

If you are interested in such things, be sure to check out the displays when you visit the Moccasin Lake Nature Park.
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park V - Nature Trail

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Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park V - Nature Trail
Ahhh, out in the woods at last. Enjoying the fresh air and peace of the Moccasin Lake Nature Park. Yes, believe it or not, a real nature trail right here in the middle of Clearwater, Florida. It's a pretty cool thing that you can go for a nice walk on a trail like this, and then get a Blizzard from the Dairy Queen at Countryside (Westfield ShoppingTown) Mall less than 10 minutes later.

But I have to admit, I always have trouble buying Christmas presents early, because I can never wait until Christmas to give them! So, here I go, posting the next three pictures of the trail all at once! Oy! But PLEASE... click on them for a larger view. They will open up in a new window.

There are wonderful paths of crushed shell through the 'upland hardwoods' area, and then boardwalks when you get into the wetland areas. It is all very beautiful, and relaxing to be there.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park IV - Nature Trails

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Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park IV - Nature Trails
Checking the directional sign now, just to be sure we get started off in the right direction. Here we go... trail starts to the left... okay! The rest, animal enclosures, butterfly garden, and classroom, will all have to wait. We are heading out into the woods, the wild beyond, the great unknown!

Well, not totally unknown. The brochure tells us that we are going to begin among the 'upland hardwoods' and then descend to 'boardwalks bridging the lush, green wetlands', and then... WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! This will spoil it all!! You just have to wait and see what we find!
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park III - Learning Center

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Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park Learning Center
This is an inside shot of the Learning Center at Moccasin Lake Nature Park. It may not have the same fascination for adults as it has for kids, but the kid in me thinks it's pretty cool. This shot does not capture all of it, by any means, but you can get an idea of the place. There are bird silhouettes on the wall. There are several aquariums populated with animals that one might expect to find in the park.

On the right you can see the 'Touch Box'. In this exhibit, there are dark holes in a cabinet. The holes are low, designed so small children can get their hands into them. But the holes are dark, and shrouded with something like a sock that you put your hand through. Once you have your hand in the dark hole, where you can't see what is going on, you will find an object, and you are supposed to guess what it is. The objects might be a bone or a feather or some other such thing. No, I did not stick my hand in this time. And I can't remember what I ran into last time.

Tomorrow we will hit the trails. But remember, this is Florida, and the trails are not long, so a comfortable pair of flip-flops will be plenty of foot gear.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park II

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Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park Staghorn Fern
I really was not all that interested in taking a picture of this sign, especially not for posting on this blog. But when I realized that the man-sized green mass to the right is a staghorn fern, I just HAD to snap this shot.

This was taken just outside the entrance to the Moccasin Lake Nature Park. This is a very large specimen of staghorn fern. I can remember as a kid that they seemed to be somewhat uncommon, but that is not so much the case these days. If you click the link above, you can learn more about them. Tomorrow, a shot of some of the educational exhibits inside the Moccasin Lake learning center.
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Monday, January 7, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park

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Clearwater, Florida: Moccasin Lake Nature Park
As I have mentioned recently, there is a little park in Clearwater called Moccasin Lake Nature Park. I love this little park for several reasons. One is that they have managed to keep it very natural even though it sits right in the city surrounded by neighborhoods and highways. Second is that they built excellent trails and access to the two small lakes for wildlife observation or just plain relaxing. Third are the nature and energy displays.

So come along for the next few days, and take a look at what I like about Moccasin Lake Nature Park. See for yourself what a gem of a park it is. You can walk through this little park and totally forget you are in the city for a little while. That's a pretty near trick if you ask me. Come on, let's take a walk...
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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Lowe's - Leftovers?

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Clearwater, Florida: Lowe's Christmas Leftovers: Empty Big Top Christmas Tree Tent
Lowe's in Clearwater had a nice big top style tent full of Christmas Trees this past holiday season. I noticed they had sold out before Christmas, good for them. Now it's 2008 and all that is left is the empty big top, waiting for its handlers to come and take it down. Or perhaps they have come up with some clever use for it instead. After all, Easter is not far off, and all those Easter Lilies...
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Clearwater, Florida: Get Your YaYa's... Chicken!

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Clearwater, Florida: YaYa's Chicken Sign; Kmart Sign

YaYa's Flame Broiled Chicken is where you go when you want chicken, but want something more than typical fast food chicken. It kind of like where fast food and home cooking meet. Sort of. And the chicken's pretty good. No, I am sure the Kmart Pharmacy sign in the background is not meant to be a hint.
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