Nature at Ft. De Soto Park

Last week was filled with days of beautiful blue skies, white clouds, and a high temperature in the 80’s (F).  A perfect time for a day at the beach at Fort De Soto Park. (For more information on the park, see Exploring Fort De Soto Park.)









Sometimes you catch a view of manatees in shallow water.












Occasionally you see a dolphin close to the pier.












Sometimes nature almost flies into your car to greet you.








I love to wander the beach.
















Or just enjoy the nature that’s everywhere.













I hope you enjoyed our visit to the park today.















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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

25 thoughts to “Nature at Ft. De Soto Park”

    1. Yes I would love to swim with them. By the time I got in the water, they were moving on. I do love these gentle sea cows.

      Just a reminder to visitors to Florida – it is illegal to harass or touch manatees. They are a protected species. If they come up to interact with you and touch you first, you may place one hand on the animals. It is illegal to “hug” a manatee.

    1. You can just swim the opposite direction – they are shy and gentle. The birds are the best aren’t they?

  1. Oh what a beautiful post! So many fun encounters with nature (and I am so jealous of your temperatures!)

  2. Hello, I have been to Fort DeSoto Beach it is a beautiful park. I enjoyed all your wildlife photos and the beach. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

  3. I would love to be able to visit here! Seeing the manatees is an experience by itself. Thanks for sharing your trip with us at #MMBC. 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend. x

  4. Carol – I loved our visit to the park today. I can’t imagine seeing manatees in the shallows … what a find! A beach is a wonderful place to explore – even if you don’t find anything, the gentle swish of the waves has a calming influence that is a treasure in itself. Thanks for sharing your Florida fauna and flora with all of us at Mosaic Monday!

  5. I’m first and foremost a bird watcher but I would simply love to see and swim with those wondrous manatees. Your temperatures sound very welcoming right now.

    1. We’re back in the 70’s F now as a cold front moved across the country but that’s hardly a hardship, is it?

  6. All so lovely! I think i have been to this park, but I need to look it up on the map to confirm. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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