For years, I’ve heard people fuss about the “lack of seasons” in Florida. Spend a little time in the woods, and you’ll tune in to Florida’s unique seasonality. Wildflowers do the best job of showing off what time of year it is, but our floodplain forests do, too.
Depending on where you are in the state, the sweetgum, hickory, and red maple start turning in fall – at least in the Panhandle and North Florida – but down here in Central Florida, we’re passing over the peak of fall color here at the beginning of winter.
What a joy to smell the scent of wet fallen maple leaves and see the splash of yellows and reds amid the darkness of the floodplain forest! This peek is courtesy of Triple N Ranch, an unparalleled place to walk through a floodplain forest. Thank goodness it was dry.