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The Best of PhotosfromFlorida: Year 1

It was February 28 of last year when I registered the domain photosfromflorida.net. I still haven’t figured out exactly what this blog is yet, and I know that I don’t write nearly enough during the school year, but I’m excited to move forward.

Here’s some of my favorite pictures from the past year with a few behind-the-scenes stories.

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Six Mile Slough Boardwalk Closing Temporarily

When kids feel tied to the community they will protect it and cherish it as their home.
An alligator glides through the water at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers.

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve boardwalk will close for up to a few weeks starting Monday, Aug. 17. The parks department will be pressure washing the boardwalk.

During the closings parking will be free at the preserve and the interpretive center and rock and stroll garden will remain open. The interpretive center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The center hosts educational opportunities and a selection of photo contest winners.

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Best of the Six Mile Cypress Slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers remains closed for renovations, but when it reopens it will remain one of the best places to find wildlife in Southwest Florida. What can you find there? Read on to find out.

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The Story Behind this Photo

My first visit to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. was a warm March day. It was part of a string of 90-degree days and I arrived around noon. As I walked through the first mile of the boardwalk I worried animals would be hiding out due to the extreme early spring heat.

When I came to the lettuce lakes I realized there was no need for concern. The lakes, deepened by a few nights of rain, were a cornucopia of egrets, herons, wood storks, snakes, turtles, and gators.

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The Importance of Showing Children Their First Alligator

Images from Baltimore took over my Saturday night. The city stumbled toward a precipice after a day of mostly peaceful protests after the death of a man in police custody last week. Live Internet feeds showed groups of youths sprinting around the city smashing windows. Other groups held silent vigil, blocking traffic and generally protesting in a peaceful manner.

But what does this have to do with Florida?

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American Alligators at Corkscrew Swamp Preserve

Southwest Florida Earth Day Events – Kids and Adults

Earth Day takes on a special meaning in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Sanibel, and the beaches of Southwest Florida. There’s so much beauty in the area to celebrate. There are many events planned for this weekend that celebrates the natural wonder that surrounds us.

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Quintessential Florida – The American Alligator

American alligators and great egrets coexist at the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve near Naples.
American alligators and great egrets coexist at the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve near Naples.

It’s the symbol of the state. Its name is synonymous with wildlife in the state of Florida. It’s the American alligator. We’ve seen alligators all over Southwest Florida in the past year. If you’re a visitor or just a fan of the outdoors there are many places in the south end of the Sunshine State to find these prehistoric reptiles.

*Word of warning – Don’t feed the alligators. It’s a $500 fine because once the gators associate people with food they must be killed.

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Five Spring Break Activities in Southwest Florida

Spring Break can be a great time for students, parents, and teachers. It can also be stressful – What do we do now? Luckily, Southwest Florida has an almost infinite supply of fun (and cheap, if not free) activities to entertain children and adults. Continue reading Five Spring Break Activities in Southwest Florida