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, 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.

Reflections.

Afterglow.

Ominous sky.

Dull sky.

Peaceful sky.

Pink.

Orange.

Mystical.

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

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ruddy Turnstone


Ruddy Turstone (Arenaria interpres) is a common shorebird on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

They can be seen foraging along the water's edge flipping over stones and rocks with their beak .

They are in search of prey or other debris hiding underneath rocks and seaweed. Small clams, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, and insects are all part of the Ruddy Turnstone diet.

Also look for the short, black, slightly upturned bill but the orange legs are a sure give-away to the positive identification.

They do not breed or nest in Florida.

Ruddy Turnstone is considered a winter resident from August to May. But they have been known to summer here. I'm going to make a note of whether I see them this summer.