I applied to be a state park ranger.

Wish me luck!

The Brahma!
photo by Jay!

A sampler of the summer night sky over Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL. These photos don’t do justice to just how many stars were visible. 

We had front row seats to a prescribed burn at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
Fire has always been an important part of natural Florida. Often caused by lighting, many species of plants and animals depend on fire to maintain the environments they live in. Today, prescribed burns are purposefully set to maintain environments as well as control invasive species and to keep the threat of major brush fires down. 
Hammock of Cabbage Palms stands out in the prairie. 
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
Hey there’s Jay!
Trails get a bit flooded during the summer.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
Hey it’s me, thanks Jay!
Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
Getting close in on a Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia).
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
Photo by Jay!
Sunrise on Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
Photo by Jay!
Sun light just breaking the horizon at Kissimmee Prairie State Park, FL and Venus still shines brightly.
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) preparing for the hunt.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL. 
Photo by Jay!
Milky Way from Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
The sky is clear but the 100% humidity does cause some distortion. 
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia).
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL.
While we only found abandoned burrowing owl nest, the park ranger told us just to drive the road at night and we would see some owls. The burrowing owls were so thick that I had to take great care not to run one over. They seemed to like the headlights and a few owls used the light to grab some grub.
Also kudos to Jay for sticking his body out the window to take this picture while I drove up to them in the dark.
Southern Leopard Frog (Rana utricularia).
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL
Photo by Jay!