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Stained glass window and graffiti. Charleston, WV Advertisements

Lady in waiting

Sitting in Pies & Pints

Sunset II

  Time to put some “salt” back onto the “palette” ūüôā I’ve been spending some time near the water, getting out and enjoying some of the places that will soon be too hot… Continue reading

Sunset I


getting there

Saturday: A1A

Hot, humid, dusty, thick salt air. The beach is a few hundred yards to the left. Going the long way…

Ready to go

Naples Botanical Garden Part Two

Naples Botanical Garden Part One: Assorted

** Some of the previous posts from the Garden didn’t seem to make it out to many of the Readers** The reader issue seems to be going both ways – many posts from… Continue reading


Naples Botanical Garden

Surrounded by butterflies

Naples Botanical Garden Butterfly House

The ingredients of a great evening

Our camp site at the KOA campground near Naples was a pleasant surprise. There wasn’t a breathtaking vista but our site was cozy and situated far enough away from the other tent campers… Continue reading

Searching for sunset

Naples Pier ended up being my choice for sunset pictures that evening. We had spent a lot of time hunting down a place closer to camp, but after some poor advice, a couple… Continue reading

Executing Plan B

One goal of the trip was to sight see on Marco Island and find a place to do sunset pictures that evening, so after the Rookery Bay ELC we set our sights on… Continue reading

Rookery Bay Part Two: Outside

Walking the nature trail Flowers in the butterfly garden

Rookery Bay Part One: Inside

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center ended up being a great place to kill some time. We arrived at our destination well before check-in time at our campground and had a several hours to… Continue reading

Alligator Alley

After taking in the the sunrise at the beach we set off for Naples via the Florida Turnpike and I-75 (a.k.a. Alligator Alley) For a change I put my camera down and enjoyed… Continue reading

Another beginning

Sunrise March 8, 2013¬† Wabasso Beach, East Coast Florida My birthday. A new day, a new year, and a weekend trip to the Gulf Coast. A sunrise to sunset trip. Cheers to another… Continue reading

Existential house-keeping

Getting out of town always seems to refresh me and this trip definitely accomplished that goal. It was a nice quick trip, I got to see quite a few places I hadn’t had… Continue reading

Sand on my toes


Blue trail

Hiking in the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park last Saturday was great deal of fun. Going for hikes in the wilderness is something I’ve done all my life, but it has taken… Continue reading

Feeding the lorikeets

Our zoo has an exhibit dedicated to feeding and interacting with these colorful little birds. As I walked in to the fenced area full of screeching birds and people, I felt overwhelmed by… Continue reading

Tree Dancers

I need to give credit for the source of many of my recent flower photos. A visit to McKee Botanical Garden gave me a fantastic opportunity to take pictures of a huge variety… Continue reading

Birds at the zoo

Saturday the weather was pleasant and sunny so it seemed like a perfect day to go the the Brevard Zoo. These are some of my favorite pictures of the birds I saw that… Continue reading

Sebastian Inlet at night

Big Tree Program

The “Big Tree” from Nicholas County located near Widen WV. (Insert Widen joke here for anyone familiar…) This Yellow Poplar is a sight that most people in the area have made their way… Continue reading

Cranberry Glades

As promised, some pics of West Virginia. I may have a new theme, we’ll call it “throwback Thursday.” Before I moved to Florida I had a ‘Glades’ of my own to visit, a… Continue reading

Just the rocks: Blowing Rocks II

As much fun as it was to take pic’s of the ocean views, it was just as fun to find interesting rock formations in the sand. These are my fave’s from that day.

Ocean Views: Blowing Rocks I

Oh, what a day out! Blowing Rocks Preserve is on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound FL, a little further south than my usual haunts. What a spectacular place! It is unlike any beach… Continue reading

Scrub Trail

Hobe Sound Nature Center has a 1/4 mile or so trail through the scrub. It wasn’t the most exciting or interesting trail I’ve ever been on, but I still managed a few nice… Continue reading

Hobe Sound

Nature Center Trail to a beach on the estuary in Hobe Sound, FL.  


New Years day was a perfect day for a picture walk. I chose a 3 mile trail around an impounded salt marsh and set out to enjoy the day. These views are from… Continue reading

Beach day: Two of two

These pictures are from this past Sunday. The¬†tide was high and the wind had blown in trash. Styrofoam chunks littered the length of the beach and various odds and ends made of plastic… Continue reading

Beach day: One of two

Last week I had family in for a visit from the north, so of course, we had to go to the beach! They were so thrilled to be here enjoying the temperate weather… Continue reading

Historical Irony

Old Fort Pierce Park¬†is the site of Fort Pierce, a military installation constructed by the U.S. Army¬†in Florida¬†with the purpose of being a main supply depot for the army during the Second Seminole… Continue reading

Round Island Park

This week we have family in for a visit, they were excited to see some manatees. We loaded up and decided to go the scenic route for a drive south to Round Island… Continue reading

Trail found

When I asked about walking trails while visiting Blue Cypress Lake the bait shop owner (a true Florida character) told me about Blue Cypress Conservation Area. She remarked, “I don’t know why they… Continue reading


A short drive south of here is a place called Blue Cypress Lake. Looking at the map I was surprised it was so close, I’m thinking “why have I never been there?” Well,… Continue reading



The lagoon

A lagoon is a shallow body of water separated from a larger body of water by barrier islands or reefs. (Wikipedia) And if you happen to call the lagoon I live near ‘the… Continue reading

Outback In Florida, A Sunday Drive

We started off in Grant and wound our way through the back roads until we came to a place called the ‘Stick Marsh’ near Fellsmere. The day was crisp and dry, warm but… Continue reading

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