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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Weekend Gatorland Adventure

 

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The Iconic Gator Entrance

Happy May Everyone! Spring is pretty much over here in Florida and the temps are hot, hotter, and even hotter already. This is the time of the year the Snowbirds are packing up and summer-izing their homes. While I am really going to miss them, it will be nice to be able to drive a few miles and not have it take hours. 🙂 Safe travels and See you all next year.

It has been a few weeks since I have posted- the eye thing….and I am just now getting to photos I took a few weeks back in April. Once again I had visitor’s who wanted to see some gators, and while I have found a few good spots (as you have seen in past posts), there is only one place to find gators up close and personal and that is Gatorland Florida.

I know many people have mixed emotions when it comes to animals in captivity- it is still the best way to see animals that you have not seen or been exposed to. Gatorland is that place in the Orlando area. Owned and operated by the Godwin family since 1949, they have a water park, an alligator breeding marsh, Screaming Gator Ziplines (7)  and are home to literally hundreds of different kinds of birds and animals. They even have their own bar-b-q house called Pearls. Gatorland is a great value for the price, especially in this area, where tourist just means you pay triple, but not only that it is a great family fun place. One where anyone can learn about our surrounding everglade environment.. and what lurks within it. 🙂

 

As always I hope you enjoyed this Gatorland adventure.

What’s In Bloom-Florida Style

Where to start…..It has been a long couple of week’s. April is almost at an end and with the rain we’ve had lately, the whole state is in full bloom. I don’t really know what it is about buds and blooms that make me so happy- Maybe it’s the renewal of life, maybe it’s the pretty colors or iridescent hues. Regardless, I want to explore, discover, and share  every line on every petal up close and personal. Well maybe not every one. 🙂

I have not been out and about lately, or even photographed many things due to an eye issue that I hope is healing. It has been several very long weeks since I have touched my camera, or even edited waiting photos. With that being said…I am going to share the first thing I have been physically able to photograph-my blooming flowers- but be forewarned I have many gator photos to come. 🙂

As always, I hope you enjoy these as much as I do/did. 🙂

 

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 March  🙂 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. 🙂

 

Tuesday Before Turkey Day

Well it is officially 2 days until Thanksgiving. For those of you who celebrate, I hope you all have a wonderful…and thankful day.

I have pretty much finished up editing and sharing the Michigan photos I took. I have only a few random places and happenings that I would like to share, sort of a photographic pot-luck. I am very eager to post some of the events and happenings that have been going on in sunny Florida. I Could not help throwing that fact in for my friends and readers who have been enjoying a recent bit of snowfall and chilly weather. Upcoming photos I am sharing will include the crystal clear waters of Alexander Springs, Florida and a few quick shots of the most recent food truck invasion to hit the Treasure Coast.

Today I am sharing photos of flowers. Nothing in particular just anything that caught my eye. Some photographs were taken along the way while on my trip and some I found on the grounds of friends’ homes. I have done my best to identify what most of them are…..but identifying them is timely and I wanted to share before the holiday. So if you see something you would like to know more about, I will do my very best to provide that information. As always I hope you enjoy!

It’s Wednesday—- What Can I say?

Hello Again Dear Reader,

     Much has happened since I last posted. Independence day has come and gone, and I have had a few family and personal emergencies to attend to. It really is a pity that life never gives us a heads up, before pulling the rug out from under us. But “Such is life” as my father always said..

     I do hope that you all had a safe and memorable holiday. It was a good day for me.  Full of many things to photograph. And although I did not come home with a million photographs of actual fireworks, I did spend a leisurely day out and about exploring new places.

     This day my companion and I chose a state park that borders the ocean and inlet to the Indian river. I always enjoy spending time watching the various boats that pass through the inlet, as well as taking in the sights and sounds native to this area. One sail-boat in particular piqued my interest, as it reminded me of a video game I like to play. For anyone actually interested, BioShock Infinite and Songbird is what it reads (pictured below). I love how witty and creative boat owners are, it is one of the best things about boat watching.

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SongBird

     Besides the constant passing in and out of watercraft through the inlet, walking through the state park recreational area is just as enjoyable. There are many areas on the beach and littered around the park that family and friends can gather. The park has many pavilions, and bar-b-q sites, for those wanting to spend the day, or you can just take a rest under any one of the sea grape, or palm trees that line the inlet shoreline.  This side of the inlet, the Jetty is on the opposite side, is almost identical in that you can access both the ocean and the inlet from the park.

     This day our journey started up a pole studded path, that opened up onto a nice, white sandy beach.

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Waiting for The Wave
Waiting for The Wave

     There are always surfers, waiting for any wave; sunbathers, fisherman, and just families enjoying the sunshine and water here. I found plenty to photograph in the park, and would really enjoy visiting this particular area again.

     We spent most of our time, as I said on the inlet side, watching the boats zoom in and out.  Mainly out, as once inside the inlet, signs warn boaters to slow down as Manatee frequent this area. All in all a good day. So as always, I hope you enjoy.

What I Saw Today- 5/30

Hello Again Dear Reader,

       I hope that all is well with the world today.  It is the weekend again, and although that means much to some, for main stream America it is just another chance to catch up on everything we got behind on during the week. Not much has been happening in my life, and even less has been happening in the photo worthy opportunities area. So this week, not to be discouraged,  I grabbed my camera and set out to find something/anything to photograph. Florida is home to some pretty weird and unique plants and animals, especially birds, so it was not long before I stumbled on my first photo op. Here are a few quick clicks of a pretty sizable flock of vultures that I decided were worthy of an impromptu shoot. (A few other birds too).

      Lucky for you, I  quickly exhausted my camera battery on this flock of vultures because yes, I forgot to charge my batteries before embarking on my journey. So I had to sulk home and see if I could make anything good out of any of my photos. Oh sure I could have just stayed at home and posted the Colorado photographs I have been promising, but I did not. Who knew blogging would actually take time and effort?

     I will however get to them soon, very soon, but tonight let me leave you with these few late evening images of my favorite Royal Poinciana tree blooms. I do not know what it is about this forest beauty that keeps me coming back, but I hope you will accept them for what they are: A gift from me to you.