Mums and Pumpkins and Homecoming Games

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Mums and Pumpkins and Homecoming Games

Guest Post by Nancy Dobias

I know that football season is well underway and that mums are in the greenhouses, but it sure seems like spring when I go to Myakka River State Park. Yellow-dotted purple flowers seem to be everywhere. They frame the flooded fields and anchor the river.

No wonder it's difficult to tell the seasons in southwest Florida.  The colors shout SPRINGTIME!  Even the river adds to the confusion. Where I was from in Ohio, Spring generally signaled winter thaw and the Ohio River would be in overdrive trying to send the excess water downstream and over its banks wherever it flowed.   

This is not the case with the Myakka River. I have found it unpredictable what to expect with the Myakka. It seemed like a dry week but yet when I went out to the park, the river was past flood stage and the trails, woods, and picnic areas were swamped.  Obviously it had been raining somewhere.

The river reading was 7.8 and the Myakka had far exceeded her boundaries on either side of the bridge.

 At 8 feet, the main road of the park floods.  Although the Myakka hadn't lay claim to the main park road, it was evident that heavy rains would have been the proverbial last straw.

The alligators didn't seem to be out and about but the birds were in full force taking advantage of their new smorgasbord.

Fortunately the limpkins weren't wearing any bonnets.  If that had happened, then I know that would have been the last straw for me!

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I guess I'm going to need a new mental picture of what fall "looks like" in Florida.