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

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Stars & Stripes


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Spades


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An Angry Angel


The Sun From Below Sea Level


This is what you see if you look at the sun while scuba diving.


Who likes Turtles?


Koko


Shark Week!

Are you enjoying Shark Week? What do you think…are they man eaters or is it all Hollywood hype?

Here’s a Reef Shark that surprised us in the Keys.


The Road Less Paddled


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


Porcupinefish


Surfacing Before the Sunset


Sea Pug


Mini Season!

Yes, there are THREE lobsters in there! Lobster Mini Season began today. For those of you who don’t know, Lobster Mini Season s a 2-day event allowing anyone with a lobster license to catch up to 12 lobsters today and tomorrow (6 in Monroe County). That’s double the limit of the regular season that begins August 6th. For more info check out BugFest-by-the-Sea, or for rules & regulations check out My FWC.


Yellow Stingray


Lobster and Friends


Like Dory from Nemo



I’ve found these Grey Triggerfish are often fascinated by me being in their world. They will often come swimming up to me and follow me around for a while. Right when I forget about them, I’ll turn around and it will be right there in my face again, ready for it’s closeup! With the way their faces look painted with makeup, it’s as if they are posing for the camera. If you look closely you can see what looks like blue eye shadow, fake eyelashes and lipstick!


Hello Yellow


Fly Like an Eagle Ray

Here’ s a spotted eagle ray I saw while diving the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach.


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!


Serpents of the Sea


Sharptail Eel – These guys don’t swim like most eels, they crawl around on the ground like a snake and they can even move freely beneath the sand. Don’t worry, they’re harmless 🙂


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!


Shark Encounter


Saw this guy passing through the reef last weekend. I shot some video of him too that you can see on the Beauty of Florida Facebook page.


Invasive Beauty

Invasive species are species that are not native to the enviroment or ecosystem they are living in. They can be plants, animals, insects, fish, or even new creatures created from non-native species mating with the native species.

The Lionfish pictured here may look exotic and beautiful and it is, but it’s actually a huge threat to the oceans of Florida and the Caribbean since it’s actually a native to the South Pacific. Their spines are venomous so they don’t have many predators and they compete for food with native fish.

There are often “Lionfish Derby’s” or other types of organized hunts to help control the invasive population and tp spread awareness to the public. There are even pet amnesty days where owners can surrender their pets without question or punishment. This helps cut down on people letting their Burmese python or pet piranhas “free”. There’s even a cookbook dedicated to nothing but Lionfish dishes. No matter where you live, you likely have invasive species problems, educate yourself about them and report them when you see them.

For more info on invasive species in Florida visit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For info on other areas, visit Invasive.org.


Undersea Garden