A photographic journey showcasing the beauty that Florida has to offer.

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Let Sleeping Gators Lie


Flugtag Miami

If you don’t know what this event is, in a nutshell it’s a competition where teams try to make their own aircraft/glider. For more info check out: http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com


Waves from Hurricane Sandy


It’s hard to see from this picture, but the waves were higher than the pier.It’s usually pretty flat here. Wishing our friends up north a safe ride through the storm.


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Last Dive of the Day


“You’re Gonna Miss the Rain”


That’s what people would tell me when I would say that I was leaving Oregon and moving to Florida. If there’s any truth to that it’s that living here in Florida made me appreciate the rain a bit more. The rain in Oregon is cold, constant and makes most people miserable, myself included. I’ve always been a sun worshiper and a fish out of water, even when I lived in Oregon. So moving here was much like returning an injured turtle back to sea, and put me in my element.

It does rain here in the Sunshine State, quite often actually. In fact there’s an entire season dedicated to it, it’s called hurricane season. You may have heard of it. Annual precipitation in Florida is about 1/3 MORE of what it is in Oregon, but it’s a warm monsoon type rain. It often comes in heavy and leaves as quickly as it started and before you know it, it’s back to the business of blue skies and sunshine again. I love the Florida rain.

So do I miss the rain in Oregon you ask? As my friend Cory recently put it, “Do you think people that move from LA miss the smog?”


A Drive to the Islands


Lobstermania!


Finally the lobsters came back out today! I haven’t seen one since the season began a few weeks ago. They were everywhere today! I could have easily taken my limit. I didn’t need that many though, so I only took home 3 lobsters. I even found one out in the open. I caught him and moved him to a better part of the reef where he could hide better. They stay fresher longer if you keep them in the ocean;)

Does anyone have a good lobster recipe to share?


The Road Less Paddled


This is the wife & I paddling down a canal of mangroves to the sea in Marathon Key.


One Hundred


This is my 100TH POST since starting this photo blog back on April 15th of this year. I try to post something once a day, but that can be easier said than done sometimes.

I started this as a “hey, this is awesome, you should see it too” site, but I’ve noticed it’s attracted a variety of fans like “snow bird” northerners, hopeful tourists, former Floridians, nature lovers, photographers, fellow SCUBA divers and ocean lovers alike. It’s always fun to read everyone’s comments and see what everyone “likes”. So please continue to do so and spread the word about this site if you know someone who might appreciate it the way you do. Above all, thank you supporting Beauty of Florida!

This photo is from Fort Lauderdale’s 100 year anniversary last year. They had this giant “100” set up by the beach directly across from the world famous Elbow Room.


See You Later Alligator


The Everglades is the only place in the world where you can find both alligators AND crocodiles…


Happy Father’s Day!


Here’s a picture of my Dad and I at the reef in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea this past January. I was scuba diving while my Dad was “skin diving” as they called it back in his day 😉 Happy Father’s Day Dad!


Electric Mayhem – a portrait of last night’s storm





Happy World Ocean Day


I honor of World Ocean Day, here’s look inside the shipwreck from my previous post. A popular hangout as you can see!


Wreck Creation


This is the first picture I’ve posted here that wasn’t taken by me. I handed the camera off to my wife for this shot of me exploring the Tracy wreck, aka Ken Vitale Memorial. It’s a 132 foot oil rig supply boat sitting in 70 feet of water just off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. There are many wrecks here not far from the beach, but you do still need a boat to get to them. We even swam to a 2nd wreck from this one. Some of the best diving in the States is right here in South Florida. Come down and go for a swim!


Rocket Man


I almost forgot, after the air show I saw the Rocket Man! This thing looks like a lot of fun!