January 29, 2016 As part of my day job, I promote ecotourism opportunities on the Florida Panhandle. My favorite day at work was one entirely devoted to outdoor recreation, from paddleboarding to swimming to hiking. I started at 7:30 a.m., and continued straight on until nearly 5 p.m. Luckily I had two friends along to…

January 22, 2016 As the new blogger for the Florida State Parks system, I have been traveling to different state parks to describe what it’s like to visit them for the first time. Usually I’m on the look-out for different bird species, but at Hillsborough River State Park outside of Tampa, it was the lizards…

January 12, 2016 It was Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining, and I had a decision to make. I had about three hours of daylight before the winter sun set – where did I want to spend it? The local state parks were too far, and the wind was blowing like crazy along the beaches….

January 7, 2016. I’ve read many articles about the plastic floating and/or dumped into oceans around the world. Nat Geo published an article in Februaryabout the eight million tons of plastic that ends up in the oceans every year, Forbes reports that there are currently 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the world’s oceans, and…

January 2, 2016. Sometimes, all the elements fall into place for a wonderful photo. I snapped this image at sunset along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Read more here!