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Last year, Halloween fell on a Saturday, which gave me a full day to revel in the celebrations. Weather in Florida at this time of year is usually pretty warm still, so it was a little bit of a reach to get myself in a fall state of mind, but I found ways.

My main game plan was to head up to Animal Kingdom to see some bats, but I first decided to enjoy the light morning fog with a walk in Celebration. I parked outside Starbucks, grabbed an autumnal coffee drink, and then crossed the street and began my sunrise walk around the lake.

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My first wildlife sighting was a gator.

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Next, I began to work on photographing all the anhinga that can always be seen hanging out near almost any pond, lake, or swamp in Florida.

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A blue heron also captured my interest.

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And given that it was Halloween, snapping a spider photo seemed appropriate.

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Of course, the wildlife is a huge part of why I love this path, but the glassy early-morning reflection of the quaint architecture is another great reason to bring a camera.

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After a walk around the lake, it was time to go see my friends in the bat house. They were magnificent as ever, and I was happy to have gotten a little dose of Halloween here in central Florida.

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Love, Elizabeth