On Monday, Mr. MT Nest and I spent a delightful afternoon hiking and taking pictures in a lovely state park near St. Augustine. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located in Palm Coast, Florida, and lies between the Matanzas River (part of the Intracoastal Waterway) and the Atlantic Ocean.
The park has a beautiful formal garden, spring-fed pools, citrus trees, beaches, picnic and fishing areas, and a natural coastal hammock. This property was once owned by a relative of George Washington, leading to the name.
Throughout the park there are several varieties of native palms and giant live oak trees laden with ferns and dripping with Spanish moss.
At this time of year only a few of the flowering plants were in bloom.
Giant oaks canopy a no-longer-used section of the original A1A highway road creating a picturesque avenue through the park.
We enjoyed walking in the formal garden and hiking the trails through the natural hammock in this lovely park. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to practice using my new camera.