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Cycling and Painting the Hawthorne Trail

One of my New Year’s ambitions was to cycle the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail more often than I had in the previous year. By January 7, I’d cycled 80 miles on the trail. The trail is through sections of Paynes Prairie State Preserve. I enjoy going downhill at 24-26 mph, feeling the rush of wind on […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

La Boqueria in Barcelona

La Boqueria is an interesting market in Barcelona.  With a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, sweets, spices, olives and people, I could spend a day wandering through it and just looking and taking photographs. On this particular visit, we were on a mission to purchase cheese, bread, grapes and other interesting items for celebrating New […]

The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona’s Shoreline

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]

La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Of Inspiration there is no shortage in Barcelona.  As you may have read in previous posts. We spent 2 1/2 hours in the Sagrada Familia cathedral one Monday while in Barcelona.  We listened to the audio tape as we toured inside the cathedral.  It explained a lot — the giant pillars in the cathedral designed […]

Osprey Fishing: Bentfeather

If you have ever witnessed the beauty of an osprey fishing, then you will know it is an amazing moment when the osprey emerges from the water with a fish. The osprey circle above water looking into the depths for a fish. Once they see a fish, they dive into the water to grasp it with […]

Sunset on Cliff Tops

Smokies hiking provides connection with Nature

Hiking in the Smokies is a great way to connect with Nature. And it’s important to connect with Nature every so often. Nature calms and heals the stressed soul.  A good 4 mile hike will remind you it’s important to stay in shape. A stunning view can take your breath away and remind you how important […]

Earthskills 2016: Carving with Barron

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed attending a day of Florida Earthskills, 2016.  The first time I went, I learned to make a bamboo didgeridoo with Fuz Sanderson.  This time, I learned a lot about carving bowls and spoons from Barron Brown. I would have loved to sign up for Barron’s classes, but both were […]

Spoonbill landing

Photographing Birds

Watching and photographing wading birds, songbirds, or mostly any birds is a real treat. I have been enjoying following Tootlepedal’s blog because he always takes a “flying bird of the day” photo.  And that is the treat, isn’t it?  To catch an in-focus flying bird — not always an easy photo. While at Sanibel Island, I […]

Judy and her flutes at Spring Garden Festival 2015

Bell Wood Turners at Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Woodturning, colorful flowers and plants, and warm weather. What a great combination for the Spring Garden Festival at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Fla. More than 6,000 are expected to attend the two-day event. The last day of the event is tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I really enjoyed […]

How to set goals when leaping into the New Year

Like many people I no longer make New Year’s resolutions.  But I do set goals for the year.  Do you set goals for the year? My strategy for goal-setting, taken from my cat, simplifies the process. Recently I was able to photograph my cat moving from her lookout on top of the house (yes, the […]

Luna Moth

Walking Through a Florida Hammock

With the humidity and temperatures of 90 F today, it’s a good thing to save a walk in a hammock until later in the day when it’s cooler.  Of course, mosquitos are out later in the day so bug spray is a necessity. I’ll not explain much, but let the slideshow speak for all that […]