Swallowed Up

Swallowed Up

Do you need to breakup your daily routine? Want to face your fears? How about: contemplating caving turn that cave up vertically fill it with  water and scuba dive to the bottom. Want a little additional adrenaline? Turn that cave into the throat of a once active geyser now bubbling, underground hot spring: you’re surrounded by rock 55′ underground a small hole in the ceiling of […]

The Hawaiian Experience

The Hawaiian Experience

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Chris Reynolds Vimeo page. Last time I enjoyed his visit to Hatcher Pass. Since then, he’s been paragliding in Oahu, another place of my dreams. The scenery and especially the chickens brought back some pleasant memories made while visiting my son there. Have you been to Oahu? If so, I’ll bet you’ll recognize some of the sites. South Florida […]

Cool Night Air

Cool Night Air

It’s a mid-August, South Florida night. The frogs, crickets, cicadas and other night creatures, retreating from the heat of day, now return filling the night with song. And like them, sub tropical nights are a special time. The air is cool. The sounds of nature overwhelm civilization’s buzz. And sweet perfume fills the night air. Ah, the joys of living in a subtropical swamp. In […]

Carambola Harvest

Carambola Harvest

Oh yeah! Harvested our first Carambola fruit. I’ve been looking forward to this since 2014, when I tasted my first tree ripened fruit. It’s a neat tree that has all stages of fruit, most of the year. From bloom to harvest takes a little over two months. Hears how the fruit progressed from pea size to hand size: Tree ripened fruits are juicy sweet, tart bombs […]

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, […]

Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

The Umbrella Tree is another beautiful and unusual plant that’s now blooming in South Florida. native to Australia, Java and New Guinea grows to 50′ has beautiful deep green palmate leaves large, tentacle like appendages covered with 100’s of crimson red blooms has few pests the bees love it and it tolerates poor soil, heat and drought In other words it’s a great plant for south […]

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 […]

Mango Time

Mango Time

It’s Mango time in South Florida. Our little tree won’t be yielding for a few years. But there are lots of Mango trees in South Florida. Since late spring, their dangling fruits have promised an abundant and tasty harvest. That’s not always a given as their winter blooms are susceptible to South Florida’s damp winters and infrequent cold blast. Mangoes come in many different varieties, each with it’s […]

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 […]

Poinciana

Poinciana

There isn’t a single week of the year, that something isn’t blooming in South Florida. Large tropical trees are usually the most dramatic bloomers. And at this time of year, the  Poinciana is probably the most prominent tree. Mostly, it blooms a deep fiey, scarlet-red. But there are also yellow varieties which I occasionally see around town. The contrast of greens to the reds are […]

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