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 here!

Take a Trip and Never Leave the Farm

Take a Trip and Never Leave the Farm

Upside I woke up this morning in a strange state: my sense of time was running slow. moving objects seemed to flow. I had a vertigo like sense with changing perspective/ depth perception. I couldn’t walk straight without really concentrating. And I was constantly distracted by nothing. Only problem, my wife was experiencing a little vertigo as well! And we hadn’t eaten or shared anything […]

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew became very dangerous, very fast. It has come and gone on the Treasure Coast. And we have survived the last 72 hours essentially unscathed. The “farm”, our backyard garden was destroyed. But that’s of no consequence compared to the: 140mph winds 7′ sea surge 10″ of rain the embedded tornadoes and resulting loss of power, roof, property that we had expected. That destruction was so close, […]

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

I’ve been pondering the Anthropocene since my geology college days. Having seen the geological evidence of how other ages mass have dramatically changed, I wondered how we will fare. In Anthropocene, on the TED Radio Hour, noted thinkers do a little pondering of their own. It’s entertaining and well worth a listen if the Anthropocene has crossed your mind. -dBguy

Friend is Back

Friend is Back

Great news. I just saw Friend! What a welcome sight. She wandered out of the woods across the street from us. Headed past my driveway. Stopped. Starred. Took a few more steps toward the vacant lot next to us. Stopped. Starred again. Craned her neck. Paused as if in shock. And, after a few moments, headed back towards the woods. That small plot of paradise, […]

What a Flying Machine!

What a Flying Machine!

These machines nostalgically transport me back to my youth. Back then, the startup and sound of those radial engines enthralled me. Every Sunday, after our afternoon drive, my father would stop at the airport and we’d watch Frontier Airlines depart. In those days, there wasn’t an airport fence. And an aspiring, pre-school pilot like myself, could freely interact with the flight crew. In fact, it wasn’t […]

It’s Hot!

It’s Hot!

It’s that time of year in South Florida. The sub tropical sun boils Florida’s water vapor producing some of most unbearable heat and humidity around. It’s a time of year that Floridians can just barely endure.  But those who stick it out the next 2 months, figure it’s a fair trade for the 10 months of ideal weather that follows. In Florida, air conditioning and the […]

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

The Lot After a little paradise was lost, I needed time to recover from shock, before writing this. Now, looking out my office window, I’m surprised at just how harsh it is. the flat, rilled sand looks just like the mine tailings piles I helped create and then reclaim in the 70’s(karma?) like the tailings piles, there’s not a living thing there now the reflected heat and […]

A Little Paradise Lost

A Little Paradise Lost

There once was this undeveloped lot next to us. It was: a small, untouched slice of primitive Florida a haven for wildlife a repository for native plants an absorber of the tropical heat and a source of shade With it’s many textures, colors, sights and smells it was more than just a visual barrier. It was an ever changing source of beauty, wonder and joy. […]

Florida Welcome

Florida Welcome

Just finished mowing a green October yard and transplanting a banana plant. Guess what landed in the neighbor’s yard? A honeybee swarm! That’s three October firsts for an old Wyoming beekeeper who now lives in Florida! And I’m liking it. Especially when I think about the annual Wyoming Halloween blizzard which I’ll miss out on this year. 😉 -dBguy

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