Florida Beach in Winter

Sebastian Beach Waves

Sebastian Beach Waves

Scotch Bonnet Shell

Scotch Bonnet Shell

Fishing Jetty

Fishing Jetty

Tidal Cove

Tidal Cove

9 Armed Sea Star

9 Armed Sea Star

Willet Eating a Crab

Willet Eating a Crab

Snowy Egret (notice the bright yellow feet)

Snowy Egret (notice the bright yellow feet)

Black Skimmers and Beach Sunflowers

Black Skimmers and Beach Sunflowers

Royal Terns (male displaying to unimpressed female on right)

Royal Terns (male displaying to unimpressed female on right)

Herring Gull Sleeping

Herring Gull Sleeping

Florida beaches are delightful in winter.  Occasionally a sweater is needed, but otherwise it is great weather for being outside and walking on the sand.  These pictures were taken at Sebastian Inlet State Park on Florida’s central Atlantic coast (east of Orlando).

Florida: Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom

Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom in Our Backyard

Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom in Our Backyard

Closed Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom at St. Sebastian River Preserve

Closed Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom at St. Sebastian River Preserve

Open Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom at St. Sebastian River Preserve

Open Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom at St. Sebastian River Preserve

The most incredible mushroom is growing in our backyard here in Florida – the octopus stinkhorn.  As you can imagine, it lives up to its “stinky” name, and has arms like an octopus.  When I first saw it, I thought it looked like a red starfish with its arms closed together.  Now that I know what it is, I need to keep an eye on it and get a better quality photograph than this one taken with my cell phone.  The octopus stinkhorn mushroom originally came from Australia, and probably got exported with sheep’s wool.  What a neat plant!  More info and pictures are at:  http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/10/fungtopus-incredible-fungus-that-looks.html.

UPDATE:  We saw the Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom while out hiking at the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park – South Entrance trail in December 2014.  Pictures 2 and 3 are from that sighting.  A mere touch of a finger triggered the mushroom to open.

Amazing Pelican Pouch

Brown Pelican Pouch Open

Brown Pelican Pouch Open

Brown Pelican Face On

Brown Pelican Face On

Brown Pelican Head Down

Brown Pelican Head Down

Brown Pelican Stretching

Brown Pelican Stretching

Brown Pelican Pouch Inside Out

Brown Pelican Pouch Inside Out

Brown Pelican Looking Left

Brown Pelican Looking Left

Brown Pelican's Expanded Pouch with Fish Inside

Brown Pelican’s Expanded Pouch with Fish Inside

Vintage Pelican Postcard

Vintage Pelican Postcard

Pelicans have incredible pouches.  The expandable pouches are used to scoop up food, and can hold up to 3 gallons of water and fish!  Brown pelicans are the only pelicans that are plunge divers.  They drop from the air with a big splash, and then scoop up the stunned fish.  We watched this funny brown pelican stretching at Sebastian Inlet State Park, Florida.  In the process, we got a great look at its amazing pouch.

Florida: River Otters in our Pond!

Florida River Otter Face

Florida River Otter Face

Florida River Otter Side View

Florida River Otter Side View

Florida River Otter Eating Crayfish (tail visible)

Florida River Otter Eating Crayfish (tail visible)

We were surprised and pleased to see a pair of river otters in our backyard pond this past week!  They are very shy, so I had to hide behind a tree to take these pictures.  River otters use their sensitive whiskers to find fish, crayfish, and other food in the pond.  They swim with an up and down movement using their tails as rudders, and can travel up to 1/4 mile without a breath of air.  They generally weigh about 17 pounds and grow up to 4 feet long.  River otters are very playful and fun to watch, so we are hoping they come back again soon!  More info is at:  https://www.sjrwmd.com/education/raleighs-den/

Florida Hidden Gem: Highlands Hammock State Park

Fern-Lined Trail

Fern-Lined Trail

Boardwalk over Swamp

Boardwalk over Swamp

Narrow Catwalk over Water

Narrow Catwalk over Water

Catwalk through Bald Cypress Trees

Catwalk through Bald Cypress Trees

Bald Cypress Growing over Catwalk

Bald Cypress Growing over Catwalk

Bald Cypress Knees in Water

Bald Cypress Knees in Water

Bald Cypress Tree and Ferns

Bald Cypress Tree and Ferns

Reflections of Bald Cypress in Water

Reflections of Bald Cypress in Water

Fall Webworm Caterpillar on Boardwalk

Fall Webworm Caterpillar on Boardwalk

Hardwood and Ferns on Ancient Hammock Trail

Hardwood and Ferns on Ancient Hammock Trail

Hollowed-Out Base of Live Oak

Hollowed-Out Base of Live Oak

Over 1,000-Year-Old Big Oak

Over 1,000-Year-Old Big Oak

Tree Surgery Visible (center) at Base of Big Oak

Tree Surgery Visible (center) at Base of Big Oak

Highlands Hammock State Park is a hidden gem!  It is located near Sebring, Florida (south of Orlando), and is one of the state’s oldest parks.  It was initially submitted for status as a national park, but was considered too small.  The park first opened to the public in 1931, and the catwalk over the Cypress Swamp was built in 1933. 

Bald cypress trees grow throughout the swamp.  The trees send up fantastic knobby roots (“knees”) above the water line.  Theories about the purpose of the knees range from helping the plant breathe, to providing stability in the water.  One tree was even growing over and onto the boardwalk.  Walk carefully on the narrow catwalk, and watch for alligators.  This lush jungle feels like it is straight out of Jurassic Park! 

Other trails lead through the Ancient Hammock and to some of the state’s oldest trees.  The Big Oak is over 1,000 years old, 36 feet around, and still has some new growth sprouting at the top.  If you look carefully, you can see the Big Oak’s tree surgery in 1930.  At that time people thought you could stabilize and extend the life of a tree by filling the hollow space inside with concrete.  More info about Highlands Hammock State Park is at:  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Highlands-Hammock

And by the way, Florida just won the National Gold Medal for Excellence in the United States Park System again – the only state to have won three times!

Baby Florida Softshell Turtle

Baby Softshell Turtle on Hand

Baby Softshell Turtle on Hand

Baby Softshell Turtle From Above

Baby Softshell Turtle From Above

Baby Softshell Turtle Beside Penny

Baby Softshell Turtle Beside Penny

Young Softshell Turtle in Our Pond

Young Softshell Turtle in Our Pond

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Full View

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Full View

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Face

Adult Florida Softshell Turtle Face

HUGE Female Softshell Turtle

We were so lucky to spot a baby softshell turtle while hiking at Saint Sebastian River Preserve in Florida.  It looked like a flat round seed in the sand!  Softshell turtles are named for their soft leathery shells, and spend much of their time in water.   They have webbed feet and use their noses as a snorkel when they swim.  Adult Florida softshells can get up to 2 feet long!

Honeybees Move Into Birdhouse

Honeybees in Birdhouse

Honeybees in Birdhouse

Honeybee and Grape Hyacinth Flower

Honeybee and Grape Hyacinth Flower

Honeybee on Impatiens Flower

Honeybee on Impatiens Flower

Honeybee on Fragrant Pink Stargazer Lily

Honeybee on Fragrant Pink Stargazer Lily

Honeybees recently moved into an unused birdhouse in our front yard.  We are happy about it, because honeybees are very important in the garden. One-third of our food supply has been pollinated by bees.  Unfortunately honeybees are in trouble.  Population loss has ranged from 30-50% in the United States in the past year.  This loss is called “colony collapse disorder” and is currently being studied by scientists.  Next time you see a little honeybee in the garden, take a moment to be happy for the fruit, nuts, and grains that you eat.  And remember that honeybees have to visit 2 million flowers and fly 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey!

The past few days I noticed that many of our bees were hanging around the outside of the hive in the afternoon.  I was worried about them until I realized what was happening.  It turns out the bees were hot, and were fanning their wings to cool the hive down.  This process is called “bearding”, and is important in keeping a healthy hive at a constant temperature and humidity.  An article called “A World Without Bees” is featured on the cover of the August 19, 2013 issue of Time magazine.  A previous post about a Honeybee Garden and Research Facility in California is at:  https://naturetime.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/honey-bee-research-facility-and-bee-garden/       Happy National Honeybee Day!

McKee Gardens: Waterlily Beauty in Summer

Glass Balls on Pond

Glass Balls on Pond

White Waterlilies

White Waterlilies

Pink Waterlily

Pink Waterlily

Purple Waterlily

Purple Waterlily

Apricot Waterlily

Apricot Waterlily

Lavender Waterlily

Lavender Waterlily

Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

Lotus Seed Pod

Lotus Seed Pod

Lotus Leaves with Water Drops

Lotus Leaves with Water Drops

Red Skimmer Dragonfly on Waterlily Bud

Red Skimmer Dragonfly on Waterlily Bud

The waterlilies are at their peak bloom at McKee Gardens in summer. Florida truly is the land of flowers!

Daisies Magnified by Water Drops

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Sky Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Sky Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Lavender Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Lavender Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Pink Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Pink Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Dark Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Dark Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Teal Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Teal Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Red Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Red Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Orange Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Orange Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Green Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Green Background

Striped Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Purple Background

Striped Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Purple Background

Red Daisy Magnified by Water Drops on Flower Stem

Red Daisy Magnified by Water Drops on Flower Stem

Daisies Magnified by Water Drops Hanging from Plant Stem

Daisies Magnified by Water Drops Hanging from Plant Stem

I think it is fascinating what beauty surrounds us if we simply stop and take a closer look.  For example, next time you are in the garden after it rains, take a real close look at the water drops.  Images are there!  Each water drop acts like a magnifying lens for whatever is behind it.  This type of photography requires very fine focusing with a tripod and good lighting.  It works best with symmetrical flowers like daisies, because magnification turns the image upside-down.  These flower photos are exactly as seen and not computer-generated. 

Purple Martin Babies Fledging Today!

Purple Martin with Dragonfly for Babies

Purple Martin with Dragonfly for Babies

Hungry Purple Martin Babies

Hungry Purple Martin Babies

Purple martin babies are fledging today! The babies are still hanging around the nesting site, and the parents are still feeding them. The parents constantly bring all kinds of bugs to those hungry mouths. You can’t miss it when the babies fly out for the first time – the martins all sing together loudly!  Some of the babies will still be in the gourds for another couple of weeks. I am going to miss them when they fly back to Brazil for half the year!

UPDATE JULY 2018:  A recent article in the journal “The Science of Nature” says that birds eat between 450-550 million tons of insects each year!

McKee Gardens: Beauty in May

Main Waterlily Pond and Bridge

Main Waterlily Pond and Bridge

Pink Waterlilies

Pink Waterlilies

Purple Waterlily

Purple Waterlily

White Spider Lily Side View

White Spider Lily Side View

White Spider Lily Front View

White Spider Lily Front View

Lotus Leaves

Lotus Leaves

Spider Amaryllis

Spider Amaryllis

Pelican Flower Bud

Pelican Flower Bud

Pelican Flower Bloom

Pelican Flower Bloom

Sausage Tree

Sausage Tree

Old Man Palm (left) and Rainbow Gum Eucalyptus (right)

Old Man Palm (left) and Rainbow Gum Eucalyptus (right)

Rainbow Gum Eucalyptus Bark

Rainbow Gum Eucalyptus Bark

Ornamental Pink Pineapple

Ornamental Pink Pineapple

Shell Ginger

Shell Ginger

McKee Gardens is especially gorgeous in May. What a beautiful time of year in Florida!

Purple Martin Babies!

Hungry Purple Martin Babies

Hungry Purple Martin Babies

Purple Martin Nest with 5 Eggs

Purple Martin Nest with 5 Eggs

Purple Martin Babies with 1 Egg Hatching

Purple Martin Babies with 1 Egg Hatching

Nest of Newly Hatched Purple Martins

Nest of Newly Hatched Purple Martins

Nesting time is here for our purple martins. Nests are being built, eggs are being laid, and babies are hatching! As of today we have 7 active nests with 10 tiny babies and 28 eggs. So fun!

Gator is Back in our Pond!

Alligator in Our Florida Pond

Alligator in Our Florida Pond

Got a surprise this morning – an alligator is back in our pond again! This little guy is enjoying the warm sunshine and eating the plentiful fish.

Cute Northern Bobwhite Quail

Northern Bobwhite Quail

Northern Bobwhite Quail

Northern Bobwhite Quail Pair

Northern Bobwhite Quail Pair

Cute little northern bobwhite quail have been coming to our front yard recently. The top picture was taken through our dining room window. The bird’s call sounds just like its name – BOB-WHITE! If I whistle the song, they whistle it right back to me. If you don’t know the song, it is here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/northern_bobwhite/sounds

Screech Owl in Yard

Eastern Screech Owl in Nest Box

Eastern Screech Owl in Nest Box

Every evening this week a screech owl has been singing from a palm tree in our yard. She is very good at hiding, so this picture is from the past. You can listen to her song at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/eastern_screech-owl/sounds

Blue Herons are Nesting!

Blue Heron's Touchdown on Nest

Blue Heron’s Touchdown on Nest

Blue Heron's Takeoff from Nest

Blue Heron’s Takeoff from Nest

Blue Heron's Treetop Nest

Blue Heron’s Treetop Nest

Blue Heron's Breeding Colors

Blue Heron’s Breeding Colors

Great Blue Herons are nesting now in Florida! Nest building can take up to 2 weeks. Generally, a male blue heron will bring sticks to the female, and she will build the nest. These majestic birds usually nest in colonies. We counted at least six active nests recently at the Viera Wetlands.

Bok Tower Gardens: Peak Flower Bloom!

Bok Tower in Early Spring

Bok Tower in Early Spring

Blooming Pink Azalea

Blooming Pink Azalea

Azalea-Lined Trail

Azalea-Lined Trail

Blooming Red Camellia "Royal Velvet"

Blooming Red Camellia “Royal Velvet”

Flowering Jungle Trail

Flowering Jungle Trail

Colorful Blooming Bromeliads

Colorful Blooming Bromeliads

Bok Tower Gardens has been voted Florida’s “Favorite Garden”.  The peak bloom is now!  The trails are filled with flowering azaleas, camellias, and bromeliads.

Purple Martins are Back!

Purple Martin Pair

Purple Martin Pair

Look who just flew in from Brazil – a pair of purple martins ready to start the nesting season! The male is in the gourd on the left, the female is sitting on the gourd on the right, and a plastic decoy sits on top. Spring is on its way!  Current purple martin sightings are tallied at:  http://purplemartin.org/scoutreport/

Florida: Myakka Canopy Walk and Tower

Myakka Canopy Walk

Myakka Canopy Walk

Myakka Canopy Tower

Myakka Canopy Tower

Myakka Canopy Tower Inside Looking Down

Myakka Canopy Tower Inside Looking Down

Myakka Canopy Tower View

Myakka Canopy Tower View

Canopy Walks of North America Sign

Canopy Walks of North America Sign

Myakka River State Park has the only canopy walk/observation tower in the state of Florida. It was the first public treetop trail in North America, and the only one in the world in a subtropical forest! The park is located inland from Sarasota on the west coast of Florida. The 76-foot tower provides a 360-degree view of the wild and scenic Myakka River basin. Scientists have already made important discoveries about life in the oak and palm canopy. The bird’s eye view from the top of the tower is terrific! More info is at: http://www.myakkariver.org/index.php/activities-a-attractions/canopy-walkway

Florida: Birds at Sebastian Beach

Sebastian Beach:  Beautiful Blue Water

Sebastian Beach: Beautiful Blue Water

Adult Brown Pelican

Adult Brown Pelican

Young Brown Pelican

Young Brown Pelican

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Black Skimmer and Royal Terns

Black Skimmer and Royal Terns

The beaches are perfect here in Florida in January.  The view is absolutely gorgeous, and the birdlife is amazing.  Come and visit to enjoy the warm sunshine!

Amazing Dragonflies!

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Wing Veins

Dragonfly Wing Veins Picture in Nature

Dragonflies are amazing! They are one of nature’s fastest flying insects. They can fly up, down, and backward, and even hover like a helicopter. They only eat while flying, and can catch hundreds of mosquitoes per day. Their eyesight is exceptional. Their eyes have 30,000 lenses each, and they can see in almost every direction. Although modern dragonflies have a wing span of less than 8 inches, fossilized dragonflies had a wingspan of up to 2 feet. The details of the wing pattern are incredible!

UPDATE November 2, 2015:  Our dragonfly wing veins picture was published as part of a scientific report in Nature.  It was used by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany to develop software algorithms to extract graphs from images to process large datasets.  The full article is at:  http://www.nature.com/articles/srep15669   Expanded detailed panels of our dragonfly wing in the article are at: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep15669/figures/4

Click on article below (once and then once again) to directly read the article:

Click Here for Dragonfly Wing Article

Florida: Big Talbot Island Driftwood

Driftwood on Beach

Driftwood on Beach

Driftwood on Sand

Driftwood on Sand

Driftwood Logs

Driftwood Logs

Big Talbot Island State Park has the only beach in Florida that is covered in driftwood!  The wood comes from trees that have fallen from the eroded bluffs above the beach.  Over time the wood is polished by the sand and surf.  The bleached-out trunks have given rise to its popular name “Boneyard Beach”.   More info on this unique beach north of Jacksonville is at:  http://www.floridastateparks.org/bigtalbotisland/

Florida: Marineland

Marineland 1938 Sign

Marineland 1938 Sign

Vintage Dolphin Statue

Vintage Dolphin Statue

Vintage Dolphin Wall of Fudge Kitchen

Vintage Dolphin Wall of Fudge Kitchen

Vintage Neptune Statue

Vintage Neptune Statue

Vintage Photo:  Dolphin and Sunbonnet Lady

Vintage Photo: Dolphin and Sunbonnet Lady

Vintage Photo:  Dolphins and Songbook

Vintage Photo: Dolphins and Songbook

Vintage Marine Studios Sign

Vintage Marine Studios Sign

Three Dolphins Jumping

Three Dolphins Jumping

Marineland Entrance Sign

Marineland Entrance Sign

Marineland was one of Florida’s earliest tourist attractions.   It debuted in 1938 as the “World’s First Oceanarium” (south of St. Augustine).  The attraction’s original name was Marine Studios, because it catered to both tourists and film studios.  Movies and television shows filmed there include Tarzan, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Sea Hunt, and Benji (which featured the first scuba-diving dog). 

In 1951 Marineland was rated number one in Florida tourism.  I can’t help but smile when I look at those vintage photographs.  Marineland’s beloved dolphin Nellie was born there in 1953, and is now 59 years old.  She is one of the world’s oldest dolphins! 

Although the facility fell on hard times in the 1980s, the future looks much brighter now that it was bought by the premier Georgia Aquarium.  I especially like Marineland’s authentic feel.  Besides, where else can you feed a dolphin for $29?  More info is at:  http://www.marineland.net/index.html

UPDATE:  Nellie passed away at the age of 61 on May 1, 2014.  The previous May (2013) Nellie was given an honorary Ph.D. in health science and longevity by Jacksonville University.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Sea Turtle Hospital

Sea Turtle Hospital Mural

Sea Turtle Hospital Mural

Green Sea Turtle Patient in Hospital (doing well)

Green Sea Turtle Patient in Hospital (doing well)

Green Sea Turtle Patient in Personal Swimming Pen

Green Sea Turtle Patient in Personal Swimming Pen

Loggerhead Hatchling Patient and Sargassum Weed

Loggerhead Hatchling Patient and Sargassum Weed

Sea Turtle Hospital Quiet Sign

Sea Turtle Hospital Quiet Sign

Exhibit of Jupiter Inlet Near-Shore Coral Reef

Exhibit of Jupiter Inlet Near-Shore Coral Reef

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a sea turtle hospital, research facility, and education campus in Juno Beach, Florida.  Sick or injured sea turtles are brought to the center for veterinary care.  Turtles receive treatment and are rehabilitated for release.  Visitors are welcome to view the exhibits, watch veterinary care, and get a close-up view of current patients.  More info is at:  http://marinelife.org/

Blowing Rocks Preserve: Dramatic Salt Spray Plumes Today

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 1

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 1

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 2

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 2

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 3

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 3

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 4

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 4

Blowing Rocks Nature Sign

Blowing Rocks Nature Sign

Wind and high tide brought spectacular salt spray plumes today to Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida.  In fact, it was hard not to get a bit wet!  We had been so excited by a recent visit that we had to return again for more photography.

Florida: Blowing Rocks Preserve

Sea Grape Tunnel Path to Beach

Sea Grape Tunnel Path to Beach

Blowing Rocks Beach

Blowing Rocks Beach

Blowing Rocks Fountain of Salt Spray

Blowing Rocks Fountain of Salt Spray

Blowing Rocks Anastasia Limestone

Blowing Rocks Anastasia Limestone

Blowing Rocks Blowholes

Blowing Rocks Blowholes

Blowing Rocks Beach Sign

Blowing Rocks Beach Sign

Blowing Rocks Preserve has the longest and most dramatic stretch of rocky coastline in Florida.  This preserve on Jupiter Island contains a rock terrace at the water’s edge of Anastasia limestone that is tinted red with iron.  During high tide or stormy seas, waves pound the eroded terrace and “blow” through holes in the rock.  Salt spray plumes can reach up to 50 feet in the air!  

Jupiter Beach: So Many Seashells!

Jupiter Beach Shell-Covered Shoreline

Jupiter Beach Shell-Covered Shoreline

Jupiter Beach Rock and Shells Long Exposure

Jupiter Beach Rock and Shells Long Exposure

Jupiter Beach Shell Layer

Jupiter Beach Shell Layer

Our Collection of Shells

Our Collection of Shells

Recently we visited Jupiter Beach, Florida.  Conditions had been perfect for shells to wash in.  Seashells we found included hawk-wing conch, lettered olives, lion’s paw shells, slipper shells, scallops, shark’s eye shells, bonnets, augers, murex, turkey wing shells, jingle shells, bittersweet clams, spiny jewelbox, giant cockles, and angel wing shells.  Coral had washed in too.  It’s amazing to think of all the sea life offshore.  We can’t wait to go back!

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park: Peach Beach!

Peach Beach

Sanderlings on Peach Beach

Sanderlings Group

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located south of St. Augustine, Florida. The eastern coastal side of the park is famous for its Peach Beach. The color of the sand comes from iron in the soil.  We are looking forward to a future visit at low tide so that we can photograph the beach’s picturesque coquina rock.

McKee Gardens: More Frabel Glass Art

Glass Lily

Glass Butterfly

Glass Bird Glowing in Sun

Glass Ball Tower

Glass Longfellow Strolling on Lilypads

Glass Longfellow Pair Backlit

Glass Longfellow Closeup

We enjoyed Frabel’s glass art at McKee Gardens so much that we returned for more photography.  The art looks different every time due to changing weather and light conditions.  http://frabelglass.com/

Perfect Florida Beach Day

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Seagull Flying

Ghost Crab and Shells

Baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle

What a difference a few days make!  Florida beaches are back to normal – gentle waves, plenty of shells, brilliant blue skies, and lots of warm sunshine.

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