Family Days 2014 - Spring Fair - Cracker Creek Tabling

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Posted in Backwoods Adventures, Canoe Adventures, Community Relations, Fishing, Hydrobike Adventures, Kayak Adventures, Pontoon Eco-Tour Adventures, Tractor-Trailer Exploration

Port Orange Family Days Spring Fair
1000 City Center Circle - 8 March 2014 

Another beautiful day in Central Florida!

I arrived at the Cracker Creek office around 8am and found our tabling items waiting next to the front door.  They were waiting to be loaded into the vehicle to take them to where they ended up on the table and hung in the air, prominently displayed next to the lake.

Alligator, Backdrop Sign, and Peacock Wind-vane by Cracker Creek Front Door

Alligator, Backdrop Sign, and Peacock Wind-vane by Cracker Creek Front Door

Pat Williams, Janelle Homan, and Jill Williams tending booth at Port Orange Family Days Spring Fair 2014

Pat Williams, Janelle Homan, and Jill Williams tending booth at Port Orange Family Days Spring Fair 2014

 

Port Orange Library

Panoramic View of Port Orange City Hall from across the lake

This impressive lake centers between city hall and the town’s library.

Port Orange City Center Family Days Vista 2014

Booths surrounding the lake

We had at least 100 visitors stop by our booth to learn more about Cracker Creek.  There were comments and questions of all types, some had been there and some not, some saw the sign out front but never ventured to see more, and some had friends and relatives coming to visit and Cracker Creek looked like the perfect place to spend time together.

Handing out brochures

Frank Gould handing out a brochure to an interested visitor

Jill decorated the table in an attractive array of props and signs.  The alligator head attracted a lot of kids and parents.  We offered the kids to stick their hands in the gator mouth to retrieve a lollypop and a pirate’s chest full of gold doubloons for their plunder!

Full booth full of visitors

Booth full of visitors

The pace was slow in the morning, picked up after lunch, and could be busy with several visitors at a time.  No problem for the tabling crew and time to take pictures of the natural environments around the lake.

ibis in Port Orange City Center cypress trees

ibis in Port Orange City Center cypress trees

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Epidendrum Magnoliae Orchid

Cracker Creek orchid epidendrum magnoliae

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Cracker Creek hosts a variety of Native Florida plants, like the beautiful epidendrum magnoliae orchid pictured below. This species is the only orchid that grows in the wild in North America, as far north as North Carolina.

Cracker Creek orchid epidendrum magnoliae

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae orchid

“This orchid is relatively frequently encountered in hydric and mesic hammocks, most often on Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) trees amongst the resurrection ferns (Pleopeltis polypodioides). Other common host trees include Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) and Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora),” says the Florida Native Orchid article.

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae orchid

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae orchid

Finding these orchids can be challenging because they grow within the resurrection ferns and tillandsia, all epiphytic plants. One suggestion is to wait for a few dry days before searching for specimen because that will allow the resurrection fern to dry up and exposing the orchids.

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae with seed pods

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae with seed pods

The picture above shows the seed pods hanging from the mother plant. These photos were taken at Cracker Creek in December 2007.

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