7 Photography Tips for Your Next Blogger FAM Trip
Feb18

7 Photography Tips for Your Next Blogger FAM Trip

Looking to add a little zest to your travel photos? Following are my seven photography tips for your next blogger FAM trip.

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Evening on Englewood Beach with My GoPro Hero 3
Jan28

Evening on Englewood Beach with My GoPro Hero 3

Christmas 2013 my parents gave me a GoPro Hero 3 and it’s taken me several months to get the hang of it. More than a year later, I’m finally comfortable using it for photos and video. Like everything, I’ll always be learning and improving my skills but think these shots snapped at Englewood Beach on Manasota Key, Fla., the other night are pretty nifty. Enjoy! And remember, you can visit more of my photos on Flickr...

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Today I Choose…
Sep02

Today I Choose…

Today I choose to see and feel the sunshine. What do you choose?

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Travel to the Domincan Republic: My Trip to Samana in Instagram Photos
Jun08

Travel to the Domincan Republic: My Trip to Samana in Instagram Photos

Ah, beautiful Samaná. An ecotourism paradise with gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, turquoises-blue water, hypnotizing waterfalls, sweet fruit, and warm, welcoming smiles. Enjoy my February 2014 journey through my Instagram images tagged with #EcoSamana.

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Travel to Toronto: Many Faces of the CN Tower
Jun06

Travel to Toronto: Many Faces of the CN Tower

I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with it but reviewing my iPhone photos from the past week, it looks as though I have a little obsession with Toronto’s CN Tower. Soon I’ll share how it scared and just about conquered me but for now, enjoy these snapshots. Above is a view of the tower as viewed from the Metro Toronto Convention Center. When you travel to Toronto, it’s hard to miss this prominent building. The...

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Wordless Wednesday: Stroll through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla.
Jun13

Wordless Wednesday: Stroll through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla.

Over the weekend I visited the beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla., with the primary purpose of smelling that rare, stinky flower in bloom. Having traveled an hour’s drive (one way), I decided to make the most of the visit and spent an hour walking the grounds and soaking up the bountiful blooms. Although it was a little hot, I took shade under the trees and inside the Conservatory. Enjoy these...

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Wordless Wednesday: Travel Matters!
May09

Wordless Wednesday: Travel Matters!

Happy National Travel & Tourism Week! As I’ve mentioned in a post last month, May 5 – 13, 2012, is the day to celebrate the power of travel. If there’s anything you should remember about this week is tourism means jobs. In fact, one out of nine jobs in the United States depends on travel and tourism. That’s a lot of people, don’t ya think? Photos were taken at the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel...

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Wordless Wednesday: Saying ‘Hello’ to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Mar28

Wordless Wednesday: Saying ‘Hello’ to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

If ya live in Southwest Florida then you certainly know the 32nd Annual Florida International Air Show took place last weekend at the Punta Gorda Airport. The show dazzled attendees with amazing aerobatics, military jet demonstrations, historic displays and other exhibits. Thursday before the show, not only did I have an incredible flight experience with Team RV, the world’s largest air show team, but I had the honor of seeing...

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Wordless Wednesday: Stunning Siesta Key Sunset
Mar21

Wordless Wednesday: Stunning Siesta Key Sunset

Sadly, I don’t take advantage of my coastal location to enjoy the nightly sunsets. It seems they’re only a scheduled event when I have visitors from out of town. Last Friday, I enjoyed this Siesta Key sunset spectacular with my mom at the corner of  Beach Road and Avenida Messina. It reminded me a very tiny bit like Mallory Square in Key West, back in the day before performers and development. Hope you enjoy this sunset...

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Wordless Wednesday: Here Gator, Gator in the Florida Everglades
Mar14

Wordless Wednesday: Here Gator, Gator in the Florida Everglades

Looking for a place in Florida to spot alligators? Although not a guarantee – since gators are wild animals – Shark Valley in Everglades National Park is a pretty good bet to spot one. Alligators are pretty cool animals and definitely need to be respected. Enjoy these snapshots of the prehistoric reptile in all its Everglades...

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Wordless Wednesday: Equine-azzi in Punta Gorda for Budweiser Clydesdales
Mar07

Wordless Wednesday: Equine-azzi in Punta Gorda for Budweiser Clydesdales

For more than 75 years, majestic Budweiser Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch and today (March 7, 2012) two of the 10-member team made an appearance in Punta Gorda, Fla. Between noon and 2 p.m., the horses were available for photos and petting, although I did see people kissing one. I didn’t get close enough to pet one but did snap a few photos. There were a LOT of equine-azzi out there. (Ya know, people crowding...

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Wordless Wednesday: Baby Snakebirds at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park
Feb29

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Snakebirds at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park

It’s nearly spring in the Everglades meaning baby animals are abundant. In addition to seeing young alligators we spotted juvenile Anhinga during the weekend visit to Shark Valley in Everglades National Park, Florida. Anhinga are also called Snakebird and I wouldn’t say the pink, bald baby birds we saw were cute but will say they were endearing as my parents and I watched them call out and nuzzle to their mother from their...

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Wordless Wednesday: Backstage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, Fla.
Feb22

Wordless Wednesday: Backstage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, Fla.

Last month I had the honor of hearing Harvard Economist Professor Roland Fryer speak at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (NOT pronounced like “van weasel”) in Sarasota. His presentation on economics and race was fascinating and what made the evening more interesting was was watching him speak as I sat backstage of the Van Wezel. While everyone can’t watch a performance from the backstage, you can take a backstage...

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Wordless Wednesday: 2012 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey, Fla.
Feb08

Wordless Wednesday: 2012 Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey, Fla.

Saturday, Feb. 4 was the Third Annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Fla., a one-day event with music, educational panels, vendors and guided walks to celebrate the Sunshine State’s unique bird. In my post about birding in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, I blogged about some of the cool things about the Florida Scrub-Jay. Pretty neat, aren’t they? Enjoy these snapshots from the...

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Wordless Wednesday: Sunday Afternoon in Historic Burns Square in Sarasota, Florida
Feb01

Wordless Wednesday: Sunday Afternoon in Historic Burns Square in Sarasota, Florida

Although I’ve lived in Sarasota I admit I’m always discovering something new when visiting. It’s been a while since I’ve really explored the Historic Burns Square neighborhood and on Sunday, prior to the rally for Rick Santorum, conditions were right for an afternoon amble. The sun was shining bright, temperature was perfect and the retro-chic neighborhood begged for a little discovering....

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