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

Nature

Florida’s Fall Foliage


This was taken on Thanksgiving day at Anne Kolb Nature Center. What’s that..? You can’t see the Fall foliage? Check out the picture I took here last Spring here –Anne Kolb Nature Center


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For the Birds


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Edge of a Nameless Key


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Textured Blue


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Blue Sky, Blue Hole


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Isolated Paradise


Palmed


“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?”


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.


Solitude Sanctuary


Seagull Rest Stop


Reflecting Swamp


Waiting for the Elevator


I came home from work to find this guy waiting for the elevator in my building (the elevator is outdoors). You often see these Land Crabs crossing the road…or evidence of them trying to cross. This one was full grown at about 6 inches wide.


Butterfly Effect


See You Later Alligator


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


Mango Dispenser


Blue Skies and Dragonflies


Glades of Glory


Gazebo on the Water


Totally Grovey Man


Colors of the Glades

One of my personal favorites…


Traffic in the Everglades


I watch the news when I get ready for work in the morning. This morning’s traffic report included something I haven’t seen yet. A road was backed up because an alligator made his way on to it, blocking one of the lanes. Unfortunately someone ran over the poor guy and he has to be put down. Gator blocks traffic


The Lonely Mangrove