Florida

    Like No Other: Homosassaga Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

    11/23/12 •

    …On our annual trip to Florida, a local man told my husband that we had to see Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, near central Florida’s Gulf Coast. We’re sure glad we took his advice — it’s like no other state park we’ve ever visited. After a stop at the visitors center,…

    Try Something New: Gatorland in Orlando, Florida

    7/13/13 •

    …marsh and a 2,000-foot boardwalk leading through a cypress swamp to the Everglade’s headwaters. Daily shows include exciting demonstrations by alligator “wranglers” and up-close encounters with other Florida wildlife. Our favorite was the Gator Jumparoo Show. We were astonished when these alligators–some nearly 14 feet long — leapt almost 5 feet into the air to…

    Florida Everglades Bird Pictures (2)

    2/16/14 •

    …If you like birds, whether to take pictures or to just observe, I highly recommend a trip to the Florida Everglades. The proximity to the coast, mix of fresh and salt water, and lots of brush make it an ideal place for many types of birds. The book, Our National Parks by Reader’s Digest…

    Explore the African Queen Steamboat Docked at Key Largo, Florida

    9/20/16 •

    …We were surprised to find the African Queen, the steamboat immortalized in the 1951 movie of the same name, docked in a canal in Key Largo, Florida. Built in England, the 36-foot steel-hulled boat was originally named Livingston and toiled as a ferry on Lake Albert. Those duties were interrupted in 1951 to…

    Sumter County Farmers Market, Florida

    10/23/12 •

    …Flea markets abound in Florida, but Webster’s extravaganza–among the state’s oldest and largest–astonishes even seasoned flea market goers like me. It’s actually two adjoining markets: the Sumter County Farmers Market (also called the Webster Flea Market) and the Webster Westside Flea Market. Together, they encompass up to 4,000 dealers spread over 55 acres–wear…

    Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida

    11/30/15 •

    …The city of St. Augustine in northeastern Florida is among the oldest settlements in America. And just a short drive away, you can take a free ferry to see little-known Fort Matanzas, built by the Spanish in 1740 to protect the city. The small fort is on an island in the mouth of…

    Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida

    11/01/16 •

    …Entering the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida made me feel like a kid again, listening to Boston Red Sox games on my grandmother’s Philco radio and hearing the crowd go wild as “The Splendid Splinter” steps to the plate. Shaped like a baseball diamond, the museum is…

    Underwater Pictures From a Florida Snorkeling Trip

    1/11/15 •

    …In Florida you can go snorkeling in water that is clear enough to take pictures. That’s where these ones were taken. I didn’t use my usual DSLR for these though since the waterproof casing would cost more than the camera. Instead, I borrowed a friend’s point-and-shoot that had a waterproof case. All of these…

    Aquarium Plant Database (222 Plants and Counting)

    3/21/17 •

    …Moderate High Foreground Stem Linderniaceae Hemianthus Individual stem width: 0.5cm (0.25in) Medium Central/South America Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico), Bahamas Hemianthus glomeratus Easy Medium Not Specific Stem Linderniaceae Hemianthus Individual stem width: 0.5-1cm (.25-.5in) Fast North America Florida Heteranthera zosterifolia Easy Medium Not Specific Stem Pontederiaceae Heteranthera Individual stem width: 5-12cm (2-5in) Fast…

    5 Picture-Perfect Towns Lost in Time

    11/14/13 •

    …to the awe of discovering a place that stands unspoiled from over a hundred years before, these little vacation spots have plenty to offer the intrepid traveler. Celebration, Florida Image via Flickr by hyku Celebration, Florida was the realization of Walt Disney’s dream to create an ideal community. Though he proposed the idea for Epcot,…

    Dealing with Weather and the Environment

    4/07/16 •

    …chances are the humidity will not have long enough time to damage your equipment. If, however, you are spending an extended time in the jungle or the wilds off the beaten path, like Florida, there are precautions you can take. To prevent damage, simply wipe down your gear after each photo session. Store your equipment…

    A Detailed Guide to Pet Iguanas (Iguanidae)

    6/11/13 •

    …Cuba, but it has spread, for instance, to Florida. Habitat: Rain forests. Identifying characteristics: Adhesive lamellae. Behavior: Diurnal. Tree-dwelling. More relaxed and less active than other species of anoles. Lives in loose groups. Maintenance: High terrarium, 24 x 24 x 36 inches (60 x 60 x 90 cm) for one male and two females. Decorations:…

    Alaska Marine Ferry

    8/23/12 •

    …a lot, but the time really flew by. Since there are only 15 miles of road in the area, we spent a considerable amount of time shopping. A lot of incredulous people questioned us about our Florida license plates! We also watched Tlingit Indians demonstrate their traditional dances and arts, and we stopped at the…

    Humpback Covered Bridge in Lexington, Virginia: The Oldest of Its Kind

    9/15/12 •

    …On a leisurely trip back home from Florida, we drove through the mountains of Virginia and spent the night in Lexington. At a restaurant, we saw a postcard of the Humpback Covered Bridge near Callaghan and decided we had to see it. This is the state’s oldest and most famous covered bridge. Built…

    Crocodile Pictures

    3/18/14 •

    …If you’ve ever been to the Florida Everglades, you know that crocodiles are so common there it’s amazing the park is open to the public. You’d think they’d lose more hikers than they do. Perhaps the crocodiles are so well fed that they can’t be bothered to chase down humans. Our National Parks, a…

    Fish Pictures (1)

    1/10/14 •

    …In Florida you can go snorkeling in water that is clear enough to take pictures. That’s where most of these pictures were taken. I didn’t use my usual DSLR for these though. Instead, I borrowed a friend’s point-and-shoot that had a waterproof case. On of these shots has the silhouette of a shark. It…

    Birds of Prey Pictures (6)

    5/18/16 •

    …long talons. These pictures come from all over including Rockefeller State Park in New York; a campground in Ontario, Canada; Joshua Tree National Park in California; and the Everglades in Florida. Red-Tailed Hawk Red-Tailed Hawk Bird of Prey on Tree Branch Bird of Prey with Fish Red-Tailed Hawk on Ground Hawk on Tree Branch…

    A Quick Peek At Whiptails (Teiidae)

    6/09/13 •

    …Plata in South America; naturalized in Florida. Habitat: Grassy forests, bush country, high grass. Identifying characteristics: Pointed head, cleft tongue. Behavior: Diurnal. Inhabits ground, stumps, and low branches. Likes to dig. Solitary. Maintenance: Terrarium 48 x 24 x 24 inches( 120 x 60 x 60 cm) for five lizards. Decoration: Branches, stumps, twigs, plentiful plants…

    55 SEO Interview Questions (31)

    12/26/07 •

    …done outside of the office. If salary and location were not an issue, who would you work for? In Google Lore – what are ‘Hilltop’, ‘Florida’ and ‘Big Daddy’? Have you attended any search related conferences? Google search on this candidates name, (if you cannot find them, that’s a red flag). Do you currently do…

    Water ETF: A Precious Commodity Despite Its Abundancy (2)

    9/10/12 •

    …Low water supply in China portends a rise in global grain costs reported by IHT. Water shortage worsens in the Philippines according to Manila Standard. Critical water shortage in Pakistan forces people to drink polluted water. Australian companies cash in on water shortage. Water shortage in Florida forces agricultural users to reduce consumption 15%. Petroleum…

    Swamp Survival in Georgia, USA (6)

    10/22/12 •

    …In the American South, bordering Georgia and Florida, lies swampland that is the domain of snakes and alligators. How could anyone last 7 days here alone? Les Stroud, Survivorman, takes on the challenge of showing us what to do in this challenging wilderness. His adventure starts off by being blindfolded and dropped off somewhere…

    Chinchilla Breeders (32)

    1/21/17 •

    …us somewhere on your site would be great or click on the Like button above. Since we just provide information and don’t chinchilla breeders, we won’t be in competition with you. Thanks! US-Based Chinchilla Breeders Arizona AZ Chins Delaware Angel’s Chins Florida Chinchilla Rampage Winmar Farms Illinois ABC Chinchillas Chocolate Chins Indiana NWI Chinchillas Louisiana…

    Columbia Glacier, Alaska

    11/08/13 •

    …Get a close-up look at Alaska’s fast-moving Columbia Glacier. We live in sunny Florida, so it’s only natural that Alaska is our favorite destination–we’ve been there five times. One of our most exciting day trips there began in Valdez, where we boarded the Glacier Spirit for a cruise through Prince William Sound to…

    Lizard Pictures

    1/05/16 •

    …Lizards are annoyingly skittish when you want to take a picture of them. They’re so skittish that 3 out of my 5 pictures are from a zoo. The first lizard picture is from a park in the Florida Keys. The second picture is from the Bronx Zoo. The next two are from the San…

    Fire Ant Bites: First Aid When Bitten

    10/09/12 •

    …Imported red fire ants overrun the majority of Southern United States, from Texas and Oklahoma to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Each year, they expand farther north. Nearly 40 percent of people in fire ant-infested areas get stung each year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Fire ants are extremely territorial insects…