Environment

Butterflies

Butterflies

Full Episode Watched this PBS Nature episode last week. Beyond inspiring, it got me to thinking. Unlike living in a temperate climate, there’s not a single day of the year that I don’t watch butterflies in the subtropics. Like the birds, different varieties come and […]

Beach Sand

Beach Sand

Keeping beaches sandy, and condos upright, on a bare, barrier island, requires mining sand from the ocean floor. Pumping it through a pipeline, to a distribution network on the beach. There, the sand/seawater slurry pools. And the seawater drains away, leaving the sand which is […]

Spring – Beach

Spring – Beach

With the first 90 degree day of the year, and a beach like this, it’s definitely spring in South Florida. Gone is the winter beach. And so are the Manatees. But those large fish don’t seem to mind. For a temperate climate dweller, these conditions […]

End of Winter – Beach

End of Winter – Beach

Winter beach no more. Not quite translucent, turquoise water, or summer heat yet. It’s the best beach time of the year. And many South Floridians know it. -dB

Turquoise Water – Not

Turquoise Water – Not

  Ah transparent turquoise water blended in an azure sea, framed by palm lined, white sand beaches, crystal sky, and a warm tropical sun. It’s a magical, delightful, intoxicating image and experience. But in the subtropics, the ocean isn’t alway this way. Today, it’s everything […]

Manatee Time

Manatee Time

Well, our annual two days of winter have arrived. Highest temperatures will be in the 50s, lows are in the low 30s. Infrequently, the lowest temperatures dip into the upper 20s. This year it’s forecast to be an exceptionally cold one. For those adjusted to […]

Hurricane Lessons – 2017

Hurricane Lessons – 2017

The 2017 hurricane season is officially over. And that’s good because it’s been a tough one. I’ve been lucky. Whew! 2016 Season Lessons 2016 was my first real encounter with a major hurricane, Hurricane Matthew. Five days out, it was initially projected to be a […]

Winter in South Florida

Winter in South Florida

Yeoh, -26F in Wyoming! I ponder this as new blooms emerge on my banana plants. I think this is one reason I left there and moved to the subtropics. -dB