We had occasion to camp at Kelly Park in Orange County (Florida) not very long ago and had a terrific time.
We were stunned at how tame the deer were. They came around–and in considerable numbers–every evening and night.
Having said that, I must add that I have no photographic proof. At the times they’d drop by to say hello, the light was already too low for my low tech skills to document the fun.
I took several videos with my cell phone but the light is so low that using the delete feature to put them out of their misery was my only real option.
The banner photo is of one stretch of woods not far from our campsite where we first saw them appear. That was about 45 minutes before sundown on our first day.
This scene is no more than 150 feet from the site where the banner photo was taken and showcases another spot where we saw deer looking for dinner on many occasions.
Kelly Park is known for its abundant wildlife. But the world-famous Rocks Springs which are found there also bring around the crowds all year long. The crowds have subsided of late, as the pandemic has forced Orange County to close the springs for swimming but it’s still well worth your time and a modest admission to see the Springs up close.
We dedicated a pretty good chunk of day two’s time to wander about at Rocks Springs and had a great time doing so. Below is one more photo from those lovely Springs.
I heartily recommend Kelly Park to any of you who are close to Central Florida or who might be visiting in the near future. The plentiful wildlife, the iconic and beautiful springs and the general allure of the Sunshine State beckon nature lovers from anywhere to head this way and stay awhile.
Joan and I spent two lovely days at Trimble Park back in January. It’s one of our favorite camping spots in Central Florida.
It was about two months before so many things–including parks and outdoor venues of many kinds–began to close down because of the coronavirus.
As I write this, many if not most parks and spots where outdoor-lovers like to go are open again. In fact, we’ve been on four camping excursions since many places began to reopen.
It’s easy to practice social distancing in parks and camping spots, as you might imagine. The fact that we’ve been able to do a lot of the things we really enjoy is such a good thing.
Many things that folks find enjoyable are difficult–and sometimes impossible–to do right now and I’m happy to be able to engage in the outdoor activities I enjoy so much.
I will have postings about those aforementioned trips in the near future. Today I merely wanted to share one photo from that delightful excursion to Orange County’s Trimble Park seven months ago and feel a little gratitude that Mother Nature is still receiving visitors as we go through some disquieting changes.
Photography is a very big deal to me and today is a day I wanted to get a photo or two up on the blog.
It’s true that there’s not a lot left of this auspicious day, but here we go…
We did have a fabulous trip to Silver Springs State Park about ten days ago. It was my third trip to the Park all total. The weather was ideal, the camping was top-shelf and there were lots of good photo ops, of course.
There’s a lot to the park besides the well-known springs. I’ll have more about that coming in another post. But today’s post is a quick look into the springs part of Silver Springs.
The glass bottom boat tour is always a treat. But there were plenty of kayakers and boaters out that day as well as the conditions for an outdoor excursion were as good as it gets.
Here are a couple of outdoor lovers paddling about on that lovely summer afternoon.
Boaters were well-represented too. The couple here seemed to be having a good outing. That old saying “a bad day on the water is better than your best day at the office” comes to mind.
An outing as good as this one certainly deserves more than just one quick post. I’ll have more to say about the visit and more photos in the near future.
Happy explorations to everyone. If you get outdoors soon, social distancing is the order of the day.
One of the better things that have come out of the COVID-19 crisis for me is that my girlfriend and I have definitely gotten to know our neighborhood much better. We take our evening stroll about 4-5 times per week and have come to enjoy it quite a bit.
One of the neighborhood streets where we often walk is Blue Jay Way and the catchy name got stuck in my head quite a long while ago.
We truly enjoy our times to go strolling on Blue Jay Way; or anywhere else in the neighborhood where our wandering feet are inclined to go.
As you no doubt know, I’m a passionate environmentalist and advocate for wildlife.
And because we’re in such dire straits right now as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, I was quite happy to get a bit of nature news in my inbox just now. Some “feel good” news and I’m more than happy to pass it along.
An outdoor enthusiast passing through the Ocala National Forest a few weeks ago came upon an abandoned black bear cub on a dirt road.
It’s natural that when we have a new threat–talking about the Coronavirus–that we compare it to something we already know about.
But the Coronavirus is very different from the flu that we’re all very familiar with. Different in several important ways.
This article will help greatly if you’d like to know more and see why this is a much bigger deal than, for instance, a new strain of flu.
This is affecting so many areas of our lives, as you know well.
It is and will have great effects on the way we do things together.
Let me throw out something that seems–to me, at least–to possibly be a silver lining in this very dark cloud.
One of the things that I’ve been aware of in the last day or so is that going outside and engaging in outdoor activities is most likely one of the areas of life that will be effected least while we weather this storm.
That is of considerable consolation to me right now.
I wish all of you the best. Take good care of yourselves and look out for each other, too.
Especially those whose health is not the best and are most at risk.