Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beach Dreams

It's about this time every year when the air is muggy and thick with humidity that I long for the cooler weather to hurry its arrival.

Sandy shores are calling out to me.
The hot summer months don't keep us away from the beach but the cooler months of the year are preferred for beach going.

We make day trips in the heat of summer instead of weekend or week(s) long stays out of our beach times.

It's so interesting to see the subtle changes that occur on the Gulf shore with each season.

The colors and hues of sunlight, the tides coming and going, the sunsets and sunrises as the days lengthen and shorten again.

Willets can be seen any time of the year scampering along the shoreline.

Foraging for food endlessly it seems...

Who'd have thought the simplest things in life could be so entertaining!

Summer shorebirds flock together ...
... shuffling along, probing the sand for small mollusks or crustaceans.

One never knows what beauties will appear deposited from the sea.

Vegetation along the Gulf endures harsh conditions from all seasons.

It has to be tough and reliable.

Plant life here is subject to winds, salt, sand, drought, humidity, high summer temps and occasional low winter temps.

Diverse and complex, yet so simple and enduring is the magnificence of this beautiful shoreline.

Horizons and skylines and shorelines all converge into one glorious handprint of God's gift to mankind.

His creation.

The vastness of it to be respected and enjoyed.

Today I'm dreaming of those glorious weeks we spent strolling the spring shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.

** This post was made up of photos I took in May and June.**

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Florida Map::Circa 1890

Recently in a Texas antique store one of the vendors was selling loose-leaf pages from an old Atlas. A bit tattered but I couldn't resist buying this map of Florida.

Just imagine what might have been going on (besides swarms of mosquitoes) on the lands of this great state in 1890.

Florida was admitted as the 27th state to the United States of America in 1845. For more quick facts about Florida check out this page.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Railroad Vine

A walk along the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast will likely give you a first-hand look at these remarkable Florida native plants. It's a wonder any plant could survive in these conditions.

Railroad Vine: Ipomoea pes-caprae or beach morning glory is found on many beaches worldwide ... in the Carribean and in Australia.

Often Sea Oats and Railroad vine are utilized for beach restoration and stabilization.

Their glory is best seen in the morning. By midafternoon they fold up and fade away.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beach Skies

Sunrise at the beach is a magical time of day.

Sunset is equally magnificent and full of wonder.

The skies along the shoreline can transform into many shades and colors in the course of a day.

First light of soft pinks and orange-yellows reflect onto tree trunks against brilliant blue skies.

Sometimes clouds and wind shift the skies from blue to grey and back again very quickly.

And birds in flight change the skies into paintings.

The tallest palm trees reaching for heaven brighten the life of a crystal clear sky.

Blue water. Blue sky. Black Skimmers break up the blues .

Calm Gulf waters lap gently onto the shoreline as the day comes to a close.

Cloudless sky.

Morning shadows.

Sunset on fire.

Hazy horizon.

Magical colors.

Cloudy sunset.



Ominous sky.

Dull sky.

Peaceful sky.




All photos taken in the last 6 weeks... the ever changing, ever beautiful skies of the beach.