A small, pristine, wave-dominated barrier island is immediately south of Estero Island and Ft. Myers Beach in Lee County. It is Lovers Key and it contains a state park with typical amenities as its only development. The island is only about 1.5 miles long and has right angle changes in orientation at each end....
History Sunday: Presidents in Florida
Cape Canaveral’s history as a space center began in 1949 when it was chosen as a testing site. Cape Canaveral was isolated, sparsely populated, and on the Atlantic Ocean: unsuccessful launches would land harmlessly in the water. Lastly, it was closer to the equator than other sites being considered. By taking full advantage of...
Gardening Saturday: The Trees of Florida
Mastering the language of botany can seem an overwhelming task for the beginning student of our flora. There often appears to be no end to the complex technical vocabulary that is commonly used in describing the various characteristics of a plant’s morphology. However, acquiring a command of such language is a necessary prerequisite for...
Nature Friday: The Everglades
East, in the pale-green inshore currents the hordes of fighting fishes ran, the sharks and the barracuda, the mackerel, the bonito, the wahoo, the kingfish and the amberjack, moving in from the deeps to spawn and feed in the shoals. The crowded the bays and rivers. The silver mullet jumped before them among hissing...
Cracker Thursday: Alligator Gold: a Cracker Western
The sun rose slowly on the eastern horizon. Hawk was enjoying the freshness of the morning. All around him, he could hear and see birds and small creatures waking up and beginning another day. Beau cantered along easily in huge ground-covering strides. The power of the animal always impressed Hawk. He could feel the...
Ghosts Wednesday: Florida Ghost Stories
He had been seen a number of times down by the pool, and others had seen him as he disappeared into the doorway or into one of the secret passages. They even found opening to passages that had not been used for years that no one even remembered existed. Many had heard the choir...
Travel Tuesday: A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions
9781561648191In tiny Palmdale near Lake Okeechobee, Gatorama opened in 1957 and still thrives. The attraction features a 1,000-foot boardwalk to enable visitors to view thousands of alligators and crocodiles along with a pair of Florida panthers, bobcats, skunks, raccoons, and exotic animals such as peacocks, African tortoises, macaws, and kinkajous (a South American mammal...
Poetry Monday: Dog Island
The House of Stone and Branch
Once he thought
That coral and pine
Were the gnarled stuff
From which he might build
His tropical house, an architecture of light
Sprung from the ground.
Seasoil and salt grape
And the skysweet mango
Would blossom there
Under his hands,
Among the quick lizards
And slow scorpions.
— Laurence Donovan
Dog Island 9781561642847
History Sunday: Myakka
Though renowned for its beauty and diversity, the Myakka is not the pristine stream G.O. Shields described in the 1800s. When the land was first acquired for a state park in the 1930s, the priorities were to prevent lightning fires from burning, to minimize flooding of the river, and to prevent the lakes from...
Gardening Saturday: Natural Florida Landscaping
Some natives will thrive in your landscape while others won’t. Why? The answer is that the ones that thrive are probably a part of the natural grouping of natives that once grew in what is now your yard. The soils around your foundation may be imported fill dirt used to raise your home above...