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Doe and Fawn in a Field of Florida's State Wildflower in Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Fla., May 15, 2022.
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It’s May and Now’s the Time to See Florida’s State Wildflower Blooming in Sarasota’s Myakka River State Park

Florida’s official state wildflower is coreopsis, commonly called tickseed. Each May, it’s blooming in portions of Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Fla.

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Florida Travel: Quick Visit to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park with My Dog

It has been years since I last visited the Maclay Gardens. Earlier this spring, I found my way back to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers and worked in a quick visit to the park, bringing my dog.

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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 […]

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Don Pedro Island State Park, Fla.
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Dr. Beach Visits Don Pedro Island State Park, Florida

Don Pedro Island State Park is one of those island getaways where it’s easy to lose track of time. Visiting is a reminder there are still undeveloped, natural areas of Florida. I love gazing out over the greenish-blue water and collecting shells and fossilized shark’s teeth. It’s accessible by private boat, kayak, boat charter or […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Stump Pass Shell Tree

One never knows what they’ll find on the beach. Shells are a given. Along with driftwood. But what about shells on a tree? One of a couple of trees adorned with seashells at Stump Pass Beach State Park, Manasota Key, Fla.

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