Living in a forest is quite an experience. We cleared just enough of it to have room for our house and garage. I live in the middle of a long needle pine forest. It’s quiet and full of life.
I have bear, coyote, red fox, alligator, deer and so many more animals that visit our little piece of heaven. I love it here. My property is all natural, no gardens, just a few pots with flowers in them on my front porch. At night you can hear the tree frogs singing. If you open my front door at night, there are always several tree frogs sitting around my outside patio light stuffing themselves on the insects the light attracts.
Where I live is unique in that the beach is only twenty minutes away. I have the best of two worlds living here.
I can sit on my front porch and watch the hawks and occasional eagle fly over my property. They are beautiful in flight. I just have to watch out that Gracie isn’t out wandering when those birds of prey are around. She could be picked up and taken for a good meal. Then there are the butterflies flying by, the Cardinals and other birds which I love to watch and photograph. And I am amazed at the different “weeds” that have pretty blooms.
I have fox squirrels here. They are really cute. They are mostly black with masks of white on their faces. There are varying degrees of black, white, and grey on these comical characters. I also have big bugs. Yuk! I could do without them.
The Green Swamp Preserve is a 15,907-acre swamp nearby and it is beautiful. It has venus flytraps, orchids and other rare plants and animals. The venus flytraps are in bloom in late May. I am planning a photo excursion there at the end of the month.
I have lived in a city, the burbs and now in the woods which is my favorite especially since the beach is so accessible to me.