Whoooo says owls only come out at night? Not this great horned owl in Central Florida. He was looking for dinner.
And then he spotted me.
Recently realizing that I have a TON of photos that I’ve never posted, I think it’s about time to do it!
This is from Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Florida. As you can see, it’s a really beautiful place that was once home of the Timucua Indians. Summers are buggy, but the water remains at 73 degrees year round. It’s a great place for divers, swimmers, kayakers, families, and picnics.
I took these photos a few years ago that I’ve never shared. This was at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Amelia Island, Florida. There are some really cool old headstones and some even cooler angels. When I get bored with my average cemetery photo, I turn to Photoshop.
A few years ago I visited the Pioneer Settlement of Creative Arts in Barberville, Florida. The settlement has a few farm animals, a garden, and some really great items to photograph.
This is a display from an actual home.
Old farmhand tools
Cute little guy
Vintage cash register
Old metal jail cells
My personal favorite – the old schoolhouse classroom
There isn’t much to photograph at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida; however, if you like history, there is plenty to learn about this place. Seminole War Chief Osceola was once imprisoned here, along with several other Native Americans.
I have a ton of photos I’ve taken over the years of Port Orange Sugar Mill Gardens, but I can’t locate most of them at the moment. I grew up near here, and it’s a popular place for school field trips. It’s a small, but great place to visit with children of all ages, and let them run free and explore.
This little garden has a lot of history. If you look closely at the first photo just to the upper left of the bridge, you might see a dinosaur. (Not a real one, of course!) That’s because this park used to be a family tourist destination from 1948-52 called Bongoland. In other photos shown here, coquina ruins of the Dunlawton Plantation (sugar mill) and some of the machinery used is all that is left after the Second Seminole War in 1836.
Obviously by the name, these giant African snails are not native to Hawaii. Too bad they’re not edible, because they are destructive to local crops and not at all of any use on the island. Read more about them here on the U of H website.
I’ve been told more times than I can count that I see things differently than other people. I suppose my photos might reflect that. While most people are taking similar pictures as everyone else, I like to look for things that go unnoticed or perhaps a different point of view. I have a mixture of both in here. Some of the photos that aren’t so great were taken with my iPhone.