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Adventuring

Outside

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.
  • R&R

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).
  • Creativity

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.).


(Photos by RSheridan)

How do you benefit in spending time with the natural? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Island Time

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 Falcon

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.


Bird Watching

In the Park

I love having a park nearby that has such varieties of bird life and wildlife!

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Ducks

Egrets

Heron

Ibis

The Turtles Were Out Sunning Too!


(Photos by RSheridan)

ESCAPE To Nature – Enjoy!


The Yellow Duckling

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)

Enjoy!!!


Nature Hike

Escaping to the Great Outdoors

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Birdlife Galore + A Gator

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The Limpkins were putting on quite a show with their calls, preening and flying about!

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Citrus 

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Fauna and Flora

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Turtles

I always check to see if the turtles are out sunning!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Adventuring!!!


Fred Howard Park

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!

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White sandy beaches. We enjoyed the beach and swimming area. Birds, dolphins and manatees. We saw plenty of seagulls.

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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.

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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.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


The Osprey Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park

Decided to go on an exploration to see the Eagle Pair at Honeymoon Island State Park. Did not see the Eagles, however; their nest was pretty impressive!

“The 2015-16 season was the 8th consecutive year for eagles to nest on the island. This new nest is the first time eagles have reestablished nesting on the island since the 1935 homestead nest.”

Eagle Facts:

  • May live up to 40 years.
  • Eggs are laid 36 hours apart and both male and female incubate the eggs.
  • Average gestation period is 35 days with eggs hatching one at a time 36 hours apart.
  • The chicks are called Eaglets and remain in the nest for 10 to 12 weeks.
  • Both parents feed the Eaglets.

Those Eagles have some exact timing when it comes to laying and to hatching their Eaglets!

Eagle Nest

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The Osprey Trail

Imagine being on an Island within a Pine Forest! You will see sand as well as pine cones. Plus Ospreys Galore along with their nests!

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I have lived here long enough now to know the call of the Ospreys. It makes my ears tune in and my eyes focused on the trees or skies every time.

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Fauna & Flora

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Other Birdlife Out & About

Egret

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Woodpecker

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Pine Cones

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Spooky Trees aka Snag Trees

These trees are perfect places to build an Osprey nest. Also, Ospreys build and repair nests by snapping off dead limbs in flight instead of collecting downed wood from the ground.

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Briefly touched on to the Pelican Trail that works its way around the edge of the Island and along the Gulf of Mexico. Mangroves, Salt Air and Sea Breeze Oh My!

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A Baby Mangrove Plant

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Never Far From the Water (Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside to Explore, Adventure & Walk On The Wild Side!!!


Adventuring

In Sawgrass Lake Park

Bird Life

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Fauna & Flora

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Wild Life

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Adventuring!!!


Going for a Walk About

In Hammock Park

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Escape to the GREAT OUTDOORS – Enjoy!!!


A Natural Bond

With Nature

Do you have a natural bond with nature? Do you like to get out and into the Great Outdoors?

Yes and yes for me! That quality time with myself. That grounded feeling with my feet touching the terra firma. That connection to my whole being!

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I love to wander to wonder and let my body, heart and mind just be free! 

Nature is unique and magical! Nature provides inspiration and motivation. Nature is accessible and for the most part a free activity to enjoy. Nature makes you want to slow the pace down to enjoy your surroundings and tap into your senses! 

There are many ways to experience nature.

  • Gardening.
  • Going to the Farmers Market to explore, eat and wander as well as pick out fruits, veggies and/or flowers.
  • Going to a Pick Your Own Place for fruits and/or veggies (i.e. apples, berries, pumpkins, etc.).
  • Eco friendly activities (i.e. ziplining, paddle boarding, fishing, etc.).
  • Foraging (make sure you know what is edible and what is not – take a tour with an expert).
  • Journaling, creating and/or capturing your explorations and adventures.
  • Learning in general. Cooking and Creating. Gardening and Foraging. Fauna and flora. Endless possibilities!
  • Seeking out an adventure.
  • Sparking your curiosity to explore as well as using your senses to smell and even taste.
  • Walking, hiking, biking, etc. Hitting the nature trail or exploring nature and its natural beauty.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear How You Bond With Nature, Please Share!


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