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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Prehistoric - One of the multitude of American Alligators basking at waters edge.

Prehistoric - One of the multitude of American Alligators basking at waters edge.

Gopher - The Gopher Tortoise inhabits upland areas with sandy soil.

Gopher - The Gopher Tortoise inhabits upland areas with sandy soil.

Early Morning Silhouette - The morning sun reflects off the water to silhouette a heron hoping to catch a meal.

Early Morning Silhouette - The morning sun reflects off the water to silhouette a heron hoping to catch a meal.


Paynes Prairie - Puffy cumulus clouds over the prairie basin in the summer months create a beautiful contrast to basin water and vegetation.

Paynes Prairie - Puffy cumulus clouds over the prairie basin in the summer months create a beautiful contrast to basin water and vegetation.

Paynes Prairie Tree - Large Live Oak trees create a skeleton appearance in the landscape.

Paynes Prairie Tree - Large Live Oak trees create a skeleton appearance in the landscape.

In Hiding - One of many species of lizards resting on boardwalk hand rail.

In Hiding - One of many species of lizards resting on boardwalk hand rail.


Observation Tower - A fifty foot observation tower at the edge of the prairie basin provides an excellent view of the basin.

Observation Tower - A fifty foot observation tower at the edge of the prairie basin provides an excellent view of the basin.

Prescribed Burn - Fire is a natural part of most of Florida's plant communities including the prairie basin. Staff conduct prescribed fires to mimic former natural fire regime.

Prescribed Burn - Fire is a natural part of most of Florida's plant communities including the prairie basin. Staff conduct prescribed fires to mimic former natural fire regime.

Prairie View - The vast expanse of treeless prairie and open sky was noted by William Bartram in Seventeen Seventy Six.

Prairie View - The vast expanse of treeless prairie and open sky was noted by William Bartram in Seventeen Seventy Six.


Prehistoric - One of the multitude of American Alligators basking at waters edge.

Prehistoric - One of the multitude of American Alligators basking at waters edge.