The new cozy mystery series, The Marcia Banks and Buddy Mysteries, are set in two fictional towns in Central Florida — Mayfair where Marcia lives, and Collinsville, where Sheriff Will Haines enforces the law. Other locations mentioned in those stories are real places that are used fictitiously.
The Ocala National Forest is a national park but quite a few private citizens live within the confines of the park. And it’s advisable that those not familiar with the Forest not wander too far from the paved roads.
The Forest is full of thousands of Southern pines. These are tall spindly evergreens that can live in sandy soil and survive both droughts and hard freezes (which Central Florida does have occasionally during their otherwise mild winters).
What eventually does these trees in is either wildfires or high winds that blow them over (one in our backyard took our our electric wires during a tropical storm the first summer we lived in Florida).
Another reason to be careful about where you go in the Forest — you may encounter a black bear or gator.
Florida is fairly close to sea level, so we have lots of lakes and swamps, and they have lots of alligators also.