“I can haz food??”
And just like that, the beauty of South Lido Beach was a little lost for me, but before I talk about that let’s back up.
South Lido Beach Park is quite a vast ecosystem. All kinds of wildlife exists there, not only animals, insects and fish, but also, by large, plants of different sizes and shapes. You can walk along the beach and have a pleasant view of Siesta Keys, or you can walk down the trail in the forest part of the park. It’s rather inviting and there is just something about the trail that makes you stop and think. And that is exactly what happened, I was walking along the trail seeing many different things: fallen trees, dead trees, small marshes, dried up marshes, low hanging trees…even trash. But the most beautiful thing of all, was when I stopped near a dead log and found this pretty little flower. Behind it were probably two or three others like it but there it was, all alone just soaking in some of the sun that actually made it through the overhanging trees above. Now that I think about it, the location of the flower was contradicting – considering that around it there was a little but of trash. People disrespect nature, and leave their waste on the ground. Ironically, across from the flower was a trash can.
This is what took away some of the beauty to me. People, and their lack of perception and respect for what they are given. Granted, beauty isn’t always seen as the same thing in everyone’s eyes, but why be so ignorant about it. We all live in the same living room – Earth.
By the end of the walk, I had seen many things: plants, animals, fish, dead baby sharks, trash. And then one of the saddest things that could end the journey happened. Two Raccoons came out of the park and onto the road, drinking water and rummage near the trash for food. I got really close to one of them, called it to me and sadly, it thought I had food. Every time it turned away, I whistled for it to turn around, it turned around, sat down, and then proceeded to walk up to me as if I had food.
All in all, it was a very fun and eventful trip. I just wish that people would work together to be more mindful of our ecosystems and all the life maintained within.