Gator Wisdom

Today I met an alligator. A new one. A little over a week ago I had met a few others; a pile of babies, some smallish – maybe teenagers – at a safe distance and one a little larger and closer than I was comfortable with. I quickly took his picture then pretended to be … More Gator Wisdom

Park It

There is something about wandering. It can be done anytime anywhere, in nature, in a mall, through a city, even in your own backyard. It’s mostly free and all you really need are feet and a sense of curiosity. I grew up in a very sensual environment just outside Washington DC. My father was a … More Park It

Who Knew?

There’s something about an animal that could take your head off with one swipe, but doesn’t. Not talking about a bear this time, but giant birds of prey. I spent some time the other day at an Audubon Birds of Prey Center near my home. There were generous cages with injured and healing birds that … More Who Knew?

Light Catcher

Oviedo, FL: As I was on a hunt in my tiny backyard for the mourning doves I kept hearing, I spotted this guy. I was stealthily ducking and bobbing low hanging branches so as not to alarm the birds and as I was about to move toward the fence the light caught his web just … More Light Catcher

Magical Entry

Oviedo, FL: On a dirt road near my home there are five acre plots of land, each with one home. These are not ginormous new money monuments to consumerism homes. These are off the grid within the city limits style homes. Big vegetable gardens, a couple of goats or cows, unmanicured, natural lawns. Old Florida. … More Magical Entry

Horse Power

I love all animals. I even love insects and arachnids. I don’t love to cuddle with all of them or even get close enough to touch them, but I have an appreciation and affinity for all creatures. I am not really a horse person. I know many people who are and they speak convincingly of … More Horse Power

Everyday Magic

Salt Springs, FL: Been thinking a lot about everyday magic lately. There is nowhere where magic isn’t. It’s about awareness. It’s about imagining possibilities into life; becoming so hyper-aware just long enough to see a dragonfly smile. It’s watching an ant carry at least a million times his body weight of some unidentifiable treasure back … More Everyday Magic

Gathering

Oviedo, FL: Perched high in my magnolia tree in the front yard, this little guy prepares for winter. Such as it is in Florida. I think they know they won’t suffer the hardships of their northern neighbors but they prepare nonetheless. It’s their nature. It’s our nature too to prepare for winter. Preparation in the … More Gathering

Redhead

Oviedo, FL: For about 45 minutes yesterday it was as if I lived in an aviary. There were birds swooping and chirping all over my backyard. Cardinals, blue jays, doves, some others I couldn’t readily identify and this beauty. The sun is behind her so she’s in a little bit of shadow, but you can … More Redhead

Gus the Magic Bear

Salt Springs, FL: Deep in the Ocala National Forest. Sort of – on a main road in the middle of nowhere. Same same. The short version for those interested more in facts than insights: Bear walks across the road, sits in the forest. I drive by, take his picture. The end. Oh, and I name … More Gus the Magic Bear