When we arrived in Florida this afternoon the temperature was over 30 degrees and the humidity was more than 80%.
At the hotel where we are staying for David to attend a conference, the busy swimming pool had been cleared due to an imminent thunderstorm and the danger of lightning.
The little blue sky that was left soon clouded over and down came the rain..
It rained solidly and very hard for several hours.
We had a walk around the grounds before the rain and came across a supersize creature...
He is a giant yellow grasshopper, known as an Eastern Lubber - at almost 4 inches long quite shockingly huge! He didn't like being disturbed and made a hissing noise.
Because of his size and the fact that he secretes a poisonous or irritating substance when attacked, he has no natural predators and can apparently be quite a pest for crops because of his voracious appetite!
We saw several more..