Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge is teaming with wildlife.  We saw almost every species of water bird native to Florida.  Our trip was planned around seeing and photographing the Florida Scrub Jay.  We were definitely delighted with our experience with the Florida Scrub Jays.  At Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge all of the Florida Scrub Jays we saw were banded.  This drives the …

A Day In The Scrub

I’ve been photographing scrub-jays now for a few months.  I’ve read many things about the birds and talked with a few people that either manage the areas populated by the birds or research the birds.  I’ve read and heard the birds referred to as boisterous.  I would whole heartedly agree, they definitely make themselves known.  I’ve also read and heard …

Disney Wilderness Preserve

Our visits to Disney Wilderness Preserve have always been very relaxing and enjoyable experiences. The preserve offers amenities such as a picnic area, a covered area with seating with a view of the marsh and a butterfly garden. The trails are well marked and very well maintained. Recently the Preserve opened a new trail which we were very excited to …

Circle B Bar Reserve

For the nature lovers, bird watchers or conservationist Circle B Bar Reserve is a perfect destination. Located in Polk County in Lakeland, Florida. This preserve offers something for everyone. The name is established from a ranch that occupied the 1,267 acres and has been part of a restoration project to return the property to restore much of the original hydrologic …

Bok Tower Gardens

We took a day trip to Bok Tower Gardens. This hidden gem is well worth the drive to Lake Wales, FL to see. The gardens were established in 1929 as a gift to the American people by Edward W. Bok. They were dedicated on February 1, 1929 by then President Calvin Coolidge. The gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted …