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May 19th, 2012

Barred Owl

By Kirby Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com

When Zach Cooney said, “Look, another red-tailed hawk” we were hoping for another shot at photographing one we’d seen earlier. But this time what landed just across the canal was a barred owl, he looked over at us, his eyes almost asking “who?”.

Alligator

We were at the Tosohatchee WMA, a 30k acre plus recreation area located on the St. Johns River. I had the opportunity to accompany Morgan & Zach Cooney and their father Mike, of Cooney Wildlife Adventures, on this environmentally sensitive piece of land between Orlando and Cape Canaveral.

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Feeding Blue Heron in the Florida Everglades

August 28th, 2011

Feeding Blue Heron Part 1

Photographing wildlife is one of our favorite things here at PlacesAroundFlorida.com and on a recent trip to the Florida Everglades we snapped these pictures of a great blue heron feeding. Above, the heron stalking his prey.

Feeding Blue Heron Part 2

There’s the strike.

Feeding Blue Heron Part 3

Oops, missed him. More Everglades Pictures »


Valentine’s Day in Florida – Pamper Yourself in Luxury or Escape to the Outdoors for Adventure

February 7th, 2011

This couple has it made in the shade

Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we do something special for the one we love. Whether your sweetie likes to be pampered in luxury or head into the great outdoors for a little adventure, Florida has just what you’re looking for and if you’re inclined to do the most romantic thing on Valentine’s Day and make if official, Florida has some great places to get married and then enjoy a romantic honeymoon.

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Cold Weather is Best Time to See Manatees at Blue Spring State Park

December 26th, 2010

Manatees Playing

Blue Spring, FL – When the mercury drops in Central Florida, manatees in the St. Johns River look for warm water and the best place for manatees and those who want to see them is Blue Spring State Park near Orange City.

Manatee

The manatees visit Blue Spring because the water that comes out of the spring is a constant 72 degrees year round making it a life saver for manatees who don’t migrate south during the winter.

Canoe Rentals at Blue Springs

The State Park is also popular for the many activities available like canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking and boat tours of the St. Johns River.

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Vandenberg, Key West’s New Artificial Reef Open to Public

June 2nd, 2009

Vandenberg Sinking 1

Vandenberg Sinking 2

Vandenberg Sinking 3

Key West, Florida Keys – A retired U.S. Air Force missile-tracking ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has opened for public use.

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Sea Gulls Verses Crab

April 21st, 2009

By Kirby Collins

Don't Taste Me Bro!

We recently visited Sarasota as part of our latest additions for PlacesAroundFlorida.com. While visiting Longboat Key we photographed this standoff between two seagulls and a medium sized land crab.

I Can Has Cheezeburger?

We didn’t interfere and watched as the seagulls eventually figured the crab was more trouble than it was worth.

No Pose For U!

Since the crab was exposed and away from his hole, we took the opportunity as he posed for a shot before he covered himself, then remained motionless until we left.


Eco-Attractions in the Florida Keys

May 3rd, 2008

Click To ViewFlorida Keys – Boasting more sportfishing records than any other destination, along with world-class diving and a rich literary and artistic community, the Florida Keys also offer an appealing variety of environmentally oriented eco-attractions.

Topping the list are the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier, Dolphin Research Center and the Turtle Hospital in the Middle Keys, the National Key Deer Refuge in the Lower Keys and the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West.

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Bathtub Reef in Stuart; One of Florida’s Best Beaches

August 28th, 2007

By Kirby Collins

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Pictures of Stuart Beaches

Stuart, FL – Stuart is home to one of the most remarkable beaches in Florida, aptly named Bathtub Reef Park. The reef itself is about 40 yards offshore and is partially exposed during low tide. The reef protects the shoreline from breaking waves and is a great place for small children to swim and feel comfortable.

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Sebastian Inlet State Park; Surfing, Fishing, Skimboarding, Snorkeling and More

July 19th, 2007

By Kirby Collins

Sebastian Inlet, FL – We visited Sebastian Inlet State Park last weekend and enjoyed the calm seas and warm sun, we arrived in the early morning and were almost alone on the beach except for a few surfers who were catching a small break.

Later in the morning about a dozen skimborders showed up and gave us a great show, so I whipped out my video camera, you can see the video here.

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After a walk on the north jetty we headed over to the catwalk under the bridge that spans the inlet. There we saw a manatee swimming out the inlet with the outgoing tide. The water was fairly clear considering that the tide was falling, the incoming tide offers cleaner water. We also saw a small pod of stingrays coming into the inlet, as well as a few small mangrove snappers caught that were destined for the dinner table.

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Suwannee River State Park Offers a Different View of Florida

July 10th, 2007

By Kirby Collins


Live Oak, FL
– Last weekend we stumbled upon the Suwannee River State Park on our way back from Tallahassee and were impressed by its beauty and reminded of the diversity Florida state parks have to offer. The park offers canoe rentals, cabin rentals, a playground, picnic areas and camping, though the camping area is currently closed through late summer.

We walked along the Suwannee River Trail, a short trail as there are five trails in the park, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles, looping through surrounding woodlands and provide spectacular views of the rivers. The trail is easy to walk with rolling elevations and foot bridges across the rougher terrain.

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