Upland pines in fog
Sunlight struggles to pierce a morning fog in an upland pine forest of Southwest Florida. Cabbage palms and slash pines tower above an understory of saw palmettos, wax myrtles and rusty lyonia in this subtropical environment.
Fisheating Creek, Florida
A pair of sunning alligators wake from their slumber as we paddle by. For every alligator seen, many more remain submerged as we meander down the creek. Flash floods and constant stream currents have eroded the banks of Fisheating Creek, exposing elaborate cypress knees surrounding ancient trees.
Panther Walk Preserve, in Collier County, Florida, is part of Collier Conservation Lands, a public program that buys natural lands to protect water quality, water resources, flood protection, and wildlife habitat.
Rainy season in SW Florida. Every day a chance of rain, usually isolated, but often heavy. Not uncommon to receive an inch of rain in fifteen minutes, with thunder and lightning, then minutes later, brilliant sunshine.
In appreciation of Mother Earth. An early morning walk in our backyard. A healthy environment is not to be taken for granted, but rather to be taken care of.
If I must stay at home, let it be here, in the company of mockingbirds, cardinals, woodpeckers, flycatchers, buntings, bluebirds and doves. Where fog teases the sunrise, and a breeze whispers secrets among the pines.
Estero River by kayak. A little gem of a river along the SW Florida coast.
curiosity among friends
A pair of young raccoons stare down from a pine in our backyard of Southwest Florida.
Beneath the emerald forest. Oak hammock of Southwest Florida.
Clearing fog reveals a quiet morning along the boardwalk.