June- Still the Month of the Alligator

It’s June- time for hurricane season and more alligator shenanigans. Last month visiting family wanted to see Gators-big ones, so we went to Gatorland, in Orlando. This month I could not resist going again, just to see if I could capture anything different. This time the trip included my sister’s and their families…..I always love seeing kids discover new and exciting things and if I can capture that image forever even better for us.

We had the usual great time, as much as one can have when you feel like your face is melting off- I love Florida :). This day I lucked out and caught a few new types of birds and some very big gators jumping. Yes gators can jump, much too high in my opinion. I still did not get to do the ziplines (Gatorland has 7) but I did get to take a cooling ride on the train, while the rest of the family took advantage of the small water park. As always I hope you enjoy this family adventure.

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April 1st- and Me All Out of Jokes

Happy April Fool’s Day from the Treasure Coast. Remember to err on the side of safety–too many things can go bad way too fast…. ask Google. Celebrate safe.

Pollen Season is finally over in Florida; make way for the rainy season and 90 degree temperatures. Way back in MarchΒ  πŸ™‚ I came upon a great opportunity to see some gators up close and close to home. My friends and family, who visit, will often ask if I can show them and alligator or a bear…..yes we have bears in Florida. Upon requests like these one could just go to Gatorland (totally The Best)- but its nice when you don’t have to drive into the Big City (Orlando).

So imagine my surprise when I finally went to one of the places, I always say I am going to go and Boom! Small, medium and large- White City Park has them all. This place was enchanting with its blooming bottle brush and Hong Kong Orchids draped in Spanish Moss. I immediately fell in love with its winding waterways, beautiful birds, and White Koi fish. But be careful because in this place gators swim freely. (No fences of any kind) It also has quite a few pic-nick spots and I even spotted one nervy fellow, napping under one of the many pavilions. EEK!

I will try not to overshare as I always do– I have so many photos that I would like to share, I am not sure what I will post next. Until then ,I hope as always you enjoy the photos and adventure. πŸ™‚

 

March Madness

I know that March Madness is primarily a basketball term, but I am borrowing it for my purpose today. If you follow me on Facebook at all, you have no doubt heard me complain about the pollen here on the Treasure Coast. It is absolutely insane the amount of yellow, coating everything outdoors; A bright, almost fluorescent substance that has kept me inside taking photos of my pets…. LOL. Even better the weatherman predicts that pollen season is here to stay, so recently I took steps to curb my March madness (Cabin fever to my Northern friends): I took some allergy meds and went outdoors to shoot.

I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. Two days in a row my partner and I just started driving toward places we’ve never been and lucked out in and around the Vero Beach areas. Up and down the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River (A1A), there are literally dozens of preserves and beaches to choose from.This night we chose the Vero Beach, Indian River side hoping to get a good shot of the setting sun- I hope you will agree, this area did not disappoint.

I took many, many photographs, but instead of sharing them all I am going to share just my favorite’s. As always I hope you enjoy.

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Happy December – Missing Fall

Happy December.

Can you believe that in a little over two weeks we will be celebrating Christmas? Yes I celebrate Christmas.

I know that I talk a lot about time. It has become very important to me, as it seems to fly by faster everyday. Maybe that is why I feel such a need to preserve mine/our memories, because we never know how much time we all have left together. It gives me a certain amount of satisfaction knowing, or hoping that one day, my photographs will make people smile and remember that time, that place and those people. Just another random thought. πŸ™‚

As I stated in an earlier post, I have only a few random photos to share from my trip up North. This day we are visiting a park in Gladwin, Michigan. This park is particularly close to my heart, as I spent a lot of time as a kid here. Although not a very big park…. it seemed much bigger when I was younger, it is still a great place to take a stroll, swing on the swings or tube/canoe/kayak down the Cedar River. They now even have a campground. Located right in the middle of town, the park is extremely close and convenient to everything. Some of my best memories were made in this park and on the Cedar River. I especially love the White Birch trees that line the river, they cannot be found everywhere in the U.S.

As always I truly hope you enjoy this day in the park as much as I did.