Tag Archives: Nature
A Holiday Tradition since moving South is to take time out to walk the beach.
I really enjoyed watching the pelicans plunging and feeding.
Here’s to Stooping for Seashells! Remember to Take the Time to Slow Down and Savor the Moment.
Exploring and Bird Watching
What Have You Seen on Your Walks/Hikes? Love to Hear, Please Share.
On the Wild Side
Lettuce Lake Regional Park is a 240-acre Hillsborough County-run park just outside the city limits of Tampa, Florida. Located along the Hillsborough River. More than half of the park lies in the natural floodplain of the Hillsborough River. There is a hardwood swamp forest, hardwood hammocks and pine flatwoods. It provides a natural storage reservoir for floodwater and improves water quality.
A park in its natural state that is untouched and truly offers an experience of natural Florida. I recommend visiting the interpretive center for exhibits on the local vegetation and the birdlife and wildlife that call the park home. The BEST feature of the park is the 3,500 foot boardwalk! There is an observation tower too.
Have You Taken a Walk On the Wild Side Lately? Love to Hear, Please Share.
How about another way to be “connected”! A good majority of us spend time commuting to work, desk jockeying and “connecting” with technology. A good majority of us lead a healthy and happy lifestyle too!
Are you aware or not if you get enough of the natural though? Stopping work to gaze out the window is a great break idea. You relax and refocus – just let the mind and body wander and release. It can be refreshing and re-energizing too. Then you are ready to get back to it and tackle it!
Switch Up that screen time to scenic time!
Where does your mind go when you think about the most beautiful place you have seen?
I know what some of your are thinking . . .
Great! I love and live for the outside world.
No Thank You! I am good inside.
That is okay though! You can either go to nature or bring it indoors!
Getting outside or bringing the outdoors in does a whole being GOOD!
GO on an Adventure! Take a little risk and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Learn new skills and abilities and gain experiences. Storytelling, capturing (i.e. through the creative – photography, painting, etc.) and making memories.
A FREE form of movement, activity and exercise! Switch up the routine. Develop inner and outer strength. Spend quality time with yourself and your whole being.
- Improve function in general (i.e. mental, emotional, physical, etc.).
- Energizing and invigorating.
- Stress reducing.
Play, laugh and have FUN! Take a walk, search for the natural (i.e. shells, fauna and flora, wildlife, etc.), garden, meditate, etc. Join in on a group activity. The possibilities are limitless!
- Pure enjoyment.
- Escaping to the natural – refresh, renew and get back on track.
BE in the present moment and mindful! Pause and reflect. Take in the air around you (i.e. pine forests, salt water, etc.). Stop to take in the scenic views. Savor and soak in the experience!
- Mindfulness and calmness.
- Focus vs. distraction(s).
ADD in the natural and greenery to your home and working environment! Plants and florals. Find a room with a view or just a view in general (i.e. window, photos, etc.). Find your green space to escape to for the natural (i.e. grass, parks, gardens, etc.).
- Receiving a dose of the natural (i.e. air, green, sunlight, etc.).
- Engaging your senses.
- Add in the food element (i.e. farmers market, you pick fruits and veggies, gardening, etc.).
How do you benefit in spending time with the natural? Love to Hear, Please Share.
On Honeymoon Island
There is nothing better than taking in a nature walk and then heading to the beach to relax!
The Eagle’s Nest
The Osprey and Their Nests
A Great Horned Owl – A 1st for Me to See!
(Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s to Some Much Deserved R&R! What Are You Doing to Relax & Rest? Love to Hear, Please Share.
In the Park
I love having a park nearby that has such varieties of bird life and wildlife!
The Turtles Were Out Sunning Too!
ESCAPE To Nature – Enjoy!
In the Park
There is a Mama Mallard with a brood right now in the local park. She has a handful of multi-colored ducklings and one yellow duckling fuzzball. Love a great surprise!
(Photos by RSheridan)
Escaping to the Great Outdoors
Birdlife Galore + A Gator
The Limpkins were putting on quite a show with their calls, preening and flying about!
Fauna and Flora
I always check to see if the turtles are out sunning!
Hello! The Gulf of Mexico
The park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. You get to the park by going over the mile long causeway. The views are spectacular!
White sandy beaches. We enjoyed the beach and swimming area. Birds, dolphins and manatees. We saw plenty of seagulls.
The landscape of the park is impressive! Sea grass beds to wetlands to mangrove estuaries to salterns to coastal scrub to long leaf and slash pine flatwoods to turkey oak to long leaf pine sandhill. Plus the various species of birdlife and wildlife.
There is a $5 daily parking fee and pay via an automated pay station. There are picnic shelters available that require a reservation. There are plenty of restrooms, rinse stations and beach showers.
The park was dedicated on April 16, 1966 and today there is almost 2 million visitors to the park annually. Fred Howard was elected the Mayor of Tarpon Springs in 1945 and served as a City Commissioner. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.