Painted Buntings Are Back

Painted Buntings Are Back

What beautiful birds. The male is stunning. The female, though plain by contrast, is still striking. They winter here in Florida which means that it must be winter. With everything still blooming tomato transplants growing okra springing up It’s kind of hard for a old Wyoming boy to keep track. Maybe I’m easily confused in this heat? 🙂

The Beach

The Beach

It’s hot. I’m feeling trapped hanging around the air conditioner. So, it’s time to get to the beach. And try out the snorkel gear my brother Don gave me. Didn’t expect to see too much as the coral reefs are a couple of miles offshore. But surprise. Hundreds of fish schooled and darted around me. Maybe they were feeding on stuff stirred up by the surf. Or […]

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

After relocating to Florida a year ago, we bought a house. And our first visitor was Friend. That’s the name we’ve given to a Gopher Tortoise whose land we share. Gopher Tortoises are a threatened species and protected in Florida. Friend grazes in our yard. And amiably tolerated our conversation until, while napping in the car’s shade, I moved him aside for his safety. After […]

Blue Land Crabs

Blue Land Crabs

Coming home from work, my wife saw several Blue Land Crabs on the road. Their migration and mating season has begun. They’re beautiful. And watching them is just neat! -dbguy

Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee

I always like to visit new places, see new stuff, and photograph it. And the best time, with the right kind of light, occurs during those magic hours near sunrise and sunset. But being boat-less and living on Florida’s east coast limits my opportunity for those beach, ocean, sunset type photos. The sun is just on the wrong side of the earth. But there’s a […]

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

Paradise Revisted

Paradise Revisted

Speaking of Florida land. Well, I’ve got some. In fact, I had some for quite awhile. And now I’ve got some more with a house on it. When you pick up from a place like this: And drop into one like this: Well, it’s paradise if growing things is a passion. So, after reading Julia Morton’s book about all the neat stuff I could grow […]

Drought Portal

Drought Portal

Drought is an ever present factor when keeping bees in the western United States. And with global warming, our western climates are getting hotter and drier than ever. Want to monitor drought conditions? The U.S. Drought Portal is a new government service that provides information and daily updates on drought conditions. Check it out. -dbguy

Sustainable Grasslands

Sustainable Grasslands

Historical records indicate that the western plains were filled with large herds. Buffalo, elk, deer and the attending predators were abundant. Looking at the same land today, it’s hard to image how so many animals could live in such an impoverished environment? How could so much environmental change occur in little more than a 100 years? Restoring the natural relationships, upon which all life exists, […]

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

What more can be said? The beginnings of my love of nature go far back into childhood where wonder, beauty, and nature’s intertwining wrap filled my live with joy and purpose. Somewhere along the way I lost much of that inspiration as: my spiritual connection with nature was replace by a dead, legalistic religion family responsibilities absorbed more of my alone time difference in life’s […]

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