An inspiring video for lovers of fungi and macrophotography

When I was in 7th grade, my science teacher gave the class several project options, one of which was to collect specimens of fungi. I liked being outside, and was keen to do this particular assignment. Mom helped by suggesting a trip to Philippe Park in Safety Harbor (FL). Philippe Park is now manicured, butContinue reading “An inspiring video for lovers of fungi and macrophotography”

Beating the Summer Heat With Cooling Towels

Now that summer has arrived, the challenge has become staying cool. I recently tried the YQXCC Cooling Towels offered on Amazon. The towels are actually like long scarves, measuring 47” x 12″ (119 cm x 30 cm). The fabric is thin and soft, but seems durable. To activate the towel, one soaks it in waterContinue reading “Beating the Summer Heat With Cooling Towels”

Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park

Part Four: Apocalyptic Bees Part One: A Holiday Without Motors|Part Two: Wild OrangesPart Three: Taste it kids. It’s blackberry! I continue my garbage collection. I see another can. And now a bottle. I find a horseshoe crab, so am rewarded a bit. It might be dead, though. It’s not moving. These cans and bottles mayContinue reading “Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park”

Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park

Part Three: Taste it kids. It’s blackberry! Part One: A Holiday Without Motors|Part Two: Wild OrangesPart Four: Apocalyptic Bees There are two Spotted Sandpipers foraging along the water. They bob their tails as they walk. In the river, a yacht passes by. It sends tumultuous waves ashore, and the birds give up their search. AContinue reading “Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park”

Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park

Part Two: Wild Oranges Part One: A Holiday Without MotorsPart Three: Taste it kids. It’s blackberry!Part Four: Apocalyptic Bees I see a fiddler crab sitting on an oak tree, disguising itself as bark. And above me, I see wild oranges growing. Some have fallen to the ground. I wonder if they’re safe to eat. IContinue reading “Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park”

Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park

Part One:  A Holiday Without Motors Part Two: Wild OrangesPart Three: Taste it kids! It’s blackberry!Part Four: Apocalyptic Bees I arrive at my destination before 7 AM, and decide to do the longest trail. Early on, things seem promising. I see one doe and then another, round in the belly and possibly pregnant. As IContinue reading “Some Hikes Aren’t a Walk In the Park”

Girls Pee Like Boys In the Woods

Today I’m hiking in the woods and trying out my new purchase, which is a pStyle. It’s a device which allows women to urinate while standing up. Basically, it’s and open-topped funnel with a narrow cup, which wraps a woman’s private parts. The funnel extends just beyond the zipper line of her pants. If theContinue reading “Girls Pee Like Boys In the Woods”

Alligator Tales

As I was walking the Brown Trail at Newnans Lake State Forest (Gainesville, FL), I heard a growl. This is why I have a deep respect for alligators… Tales of my experiences at Taylor Park (Largo, FL). Transcript: I see some foam on a little twig, and we are near water so I’m assuming thoseContinue reading “Alligator Tales”

Thomas Creek Conservation Area is a little rugged

Where is the trailhead? Thomas Creek Conservation Area, managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, is located at 12831 New Kings Road, Jacksonville, Florida. There is a 1.4 mile loop on the west side of New Kings Road (U.S. 1) and a 3-mile loop on the east side of New Kings Road. BothContinue reading “Thomas Creek Conservation Area is a little rugged”