Serenity

  To me the word Serenity conjures anything that allows me to exhale. Sigh. Release. Relax. Be present. For me that’s nature. Living in Florida has afforded me the incredible gift of a close personal relationship with the outdoors. We have no mountains, and rarely snow, but we have mysterious swamps and glistening white sand beaches, … More Serenity

Oh Deer

I am lucky enough to live not much more than an hour away from the Ocala National Forest in central Florida. There, on beautiful Lake Kerr, is a yoga institute that I frequent. This young buck was raised by humans across the street from the institute when it was orphaned. He loves human contact and … More Oh Deer

I Heart Florida

My relationship with Florida has evolved much like a good marriage. It began courting me when I was younger, using my grandparents as bait. I would fly from Washington DC to St. Petersburg by myself when I was about 8. The lovely stewardesses (that’s what they were called back then) would take good care of … More I Heart Florida

Alligator Appreciation

There is something so fascinating about a prehistoric animal that barely moves yet strikes such fear in so many. In truth, alligators rarely attack people unless they are provoked. And if you’re going to harass an alligator, well then. On the other hand they are not warm and fuzzy either. They are their number one … More Alligator Appreciation

Sign of Summer

Oviedo, FL Look who came to visit me today. I opened the screen door to let the dogs out and she flew right in front of me and landed in my bay tree. I asked her to wait, please, please, please, while I grabbed my camera. She did. I snapped off three shots, looked down … More Sign of Summer

One in a Bajillion

Oviedo, FL I don’t have to wander far to find interesting critters to chat with. This prehistoric fellow is one of hundreds in my tiny backyard. With each step I take they scatter from beneath my feet in some sort of reverse Godzilla world. My dachshund, in particular likes to chase them up waterspouts, waiting … More One in a Bajillion