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.
My first wildlife sighting was a gator.
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.
A blue heron also captured my interest.
And given that it was Halloween, snapping a spider photo seemed appropriate.
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.
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.