Fave Fotos: Awed by Mr Tree’s Weighty Presence

Fave Fotos: Awed by Mr Tree’s Weighty Presence

Here’s a shot I like that has not lived off my hard drive until now. It’s from Silver Springs State Park, I site I really love.

I’ll be back in wild Florida again soon. My last camping reservation was changed on account of some pretty damn rainy conditions in my neck of the woods. But it won’t be much longer before I’m back in the arms of Mother Nature.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

It’s Saturday and I’m NOT at Silver Springs State Park

It’s Saturday and I’m NOT at Silver Springs State Park

I do work on weekends these days. Not sure what it would take to change that. It’s an issue I’m working on.

If you’re mostly an outdoor dog — as I am — there’s one advantage to having your free time falling on week days: it’s easier to book campgrounds and you won’t be crammed in to beautiful natural ¬†settings along with 10 bah-jillion other nature lovers.

I understand that but it’s still hard for me sometimes be getting ready for work when most folks are in full-play mode. Heavy sigh…

Here’s a photo I took at Silver Springs State Park just east of Ocala. This was almost exactly six months ago today; it was a very nice outing, indeed. I would so love to be there right now. Or maybe on Monday, when fewer outdoor enthusiasts would be enjoying the sights along with me!

Happy weekend, folks. I’ll be posting again before too long…

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile in full-work mode

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

You Do Have to See Silver Springs State Park to Get It!

You Do Have to See Silver Springs State Park to Get It!

Just got back from a two day camping excursion to Silver Springs State Park near Ocala and had an awesome time!

Silver Springs State Park is the newest gem in Florida’s state park system and I’m glad it’s been added. As many of you may know, it was a tourist attraction, the oldest in the Sunshine State and was completely converted to a state park in October of 2013. And it’s beautiful.

I never did see the original attraction. Had seen Weeki Wachee as a kid and Cyprus Gardens a time or two, but never made it out to Silver Springs. Awfully glad I finally did!

I just spent two nights camping in the park, enjoyed every moment of it. It was just a bit chilly for sleeping, but to me that’s better than really hot! The temps here in Florida are not always ideal for those of us who enjoy outdoor activities. This time of year is as good as it gets.

If you’d like to know more about the history of Silver Springs and its change from a tourist attraction to a state park, the Wikipedia entry is a good place to begin.

If you’d like to visit the site for the park as it exists today, follow this link.

I took plenty of pix. I’ll be posting soon with more.

 

Happy Camper Bulldog Ben

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile