Florida, Paddling, Hiking, and Other Things Seen

Most of our photographic energy when paddling or hiking in Florida is directed at the birds, however it’s hard not to see other things when you’re out exploring. For any of you that have travelled to Miami or Naples or any of the other developed areas these pictures will not remind you of that Florida. In our quest to explore ad be in nature we try…

A Celebration of Florida Birds

It’s been a while since our last post so after almost two months bumming around some of Florida’s most beautiful natural areas in sunny 70 degree weather we now find ourselves back in central Ohio looking out the window as a 25 F wind blows snow around our front yard. One way to celebrate the trip, and perhaps to feel a little warmer, is to post pictures of a…

Birds of Florida on Foot and by Canoe

Our recent six weeks of hiking and paddling in Florida resulted in a lot of photographs. . The pictures below provide a record of some of the birds seen. While lovely in their right, we are left with the feeling that they don’t come close to conveying the overall sense of wonder experienced as we explored the trails and waterways of Florida. Equipped with the knowledge that places visited were home to many fascinating…

Six Weeks in Florida, Part 1, Snapshots

Below are a series of shots taken during our recent stay in Florida. They are images that spoke to me in ways the transcended the subject and evoked feelings of joy and wonder. Hope you enjoy. . . The next Florida post will be about the birds we were able to photograph as we explored some of the state’s trails and waterways. Thanks for stopping…

2014 Favorites, Part 1 of 2

Thought I’d have a little fun looking through some of our pictures from the past year and picking out some of my favorites. A photographic stream of consciousness. My wife continues to make many beautiful  contributions to the pictures on our blog.        

A Visit to Six Mile Cypress Slough

One of the interesting places we visited during our recent too short trip to Florida was Six Mile Cyprus Slough near Fort Myers. It’s a beautiful area which uses a mile long boardwalk to facilitate views of many types of birds as well as frogs, turtles, snakes and alligators. On this particular day we were more interested in being there than in taking pictures so my wife opted for…

A Paddle in the Mangroves, Great Calusa Blueway

Looking back on our recent trip to the Cape Coral/Fort Meyers area of Florida I thought I’d share some pics from a paddle we did looking for birds and other wildlife. See http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6219412 for the route. This paddle included part of The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Again we were very fortunate to hook up with our friends that are living on their boat and were…

Corkscrew Swamp

While camped at the Koreshan State Historic Site in Florida last week we decided to check out Corkscrew Swamp about a 30 mile drive from the campground.  It’s one of the premier natural areas in Florida. The busy roads and the extent of the commercial and residential development in the southwest corner of Florida take a while to get used to. It feels a little like a sprawling outdoor warehouse for those of…

A Little South of Ohio

Originally this blog it was to be only about nature in central Ohio. Going forward it will continue to focus primarily on Ohio but In an effort to share same of our other adventures it will from time to time will include posts covering travels elsewhere. It’s been a cold, snowy, winter in central Ohio so we decided to head to Florida for a little break. Since our interests often combine paddling, photography, and nature we…