Category: Environmental

Kayaking the Edge of the Tomoka, 09 May 2020

The Tomoka Basin Salt Marsh; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). And so it was: Four Nerodia watersnakes, one Pantherophis rat snake, and one Ophisaurus glass lizard in about four hours on a kayak. Not a bad paddle, right? The good news: This is about fifteen…

Heart Island Creek, 07 May 2020

Unnamed creek in the Heart Island Conservation Area region; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). This is one of my favorite habitats in Florida — dense dark water creeks cutting through the thick of Floridana and all its shadows.

Tannic creek line, 07 May 2020

Tannic creek in the Heart Island Conservation Area region; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). Admittedly, I do love the darkness of seriously tannic creeks in central Florida. It’s so fun trekking around that muck and trying to figure out what’s trying to scratch…

Bulow Creek Pine & Palm Flatwood, 11 July 2015

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (11 July 2015). This was my favorite (terrestrial) habitat when I was a kid. Nowadays, I’m a bit more prone to wetlands, creeks, and rivers, but, my oh my, how I love to make my way through…

The Tomoka River, 28 September 2019

The Tomoka River; Ormond Beach, Florida (28 September 2019). Another view of the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Florida. This is the prime habitat of my childhood.  Learn ,more about the Tomoka River at Wikipedia.org.

The Tomoka River, 28 September 2019

The Tomoka River; Ormond Beach, Florida (28 September 2019). This is the river I grew up on — the Tomoka. Running along the northern portion of Ormond Beach and connecting with the Halifax River (Intracoastal Waterway) at the Tomoka Basin, you can find anything from alligators to…

AKtoFL: Tetlin NWR (01 June 2011)

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0699 of 7221). As Day 02 began to run long, I found myself entering into the Tetline National Wildlife Refuge, a…

AKtoFL: Alaska Highway (01 June 2011)

The Alaska Highway Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0540 of 7221). Continuing onward, I felt the need to pause momentarily on this lonely stretch of the Alaska Highway. It’s hard…

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). Another wider-angled shot of the Robertson River. Overcast and dreary weather makes for interestingly dynamic light plays with a little filtering. 

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). Blocks of surface ice float upon the silty, cool waters of the Robertson River. When the temperatures rise, water gets its…

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). A wider angle shot of Robertson River’s silty, muddy waters partially corralled by top-surface ice sheets persisting well into the Alaskan…

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). Frozen blue on silty brown… A fairly typical river texture in the midst of the short and fleeting central Alaskan summer.

AKtoFL: Alaska Highway at Delta Junction (01 June 2011)

Alaska Highway terminus at Delta Junction Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0509 of 7221). At Delta Junction, Alaska, I finally began the long drive on the fabled and fantastical Alaska Highway,…

AKtoFL: Delta Junction, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Alaska Highway terminus at Delta Junction Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0509 of 7221). A small cabin somewhat on display for sojourners of the Alaska Highway starting at Delta Junction, Alaska….

AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Tanana River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0487 of 7221). A shot of the silty, slaty shoreline of the Tanana River in central Alaska. The rivers in this part of…

AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Tanana River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0487 of 7221). A wide-angle shot of the Tanana River in central Alaska. Note how creamy the silty water is. In many ways,…

AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0426 of 7221). Wall art on the side of the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. Honestly,…

AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0426 of 7221). Morning of Day 2 brought me to the Santa Claus House in North Pole,…

AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:54pm, 31 May 2011)

Chena Lake Recreational Area Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221). Alas, Day 1 comes to a close. This shot was taken at 11:54 pm, just six minutes shy…

AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:49pm, 31 May 2011)

Chena Lake Recreational Area, 11:49pm Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221). I eventually wandered my way to Chena Lake Recreational Area to camp my first night not too…

AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (9:31pm, 31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway, 9:31 pm Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0373 of 7221). My first day of the transcontinental roadtrip from Alaska to Florida began to wrap up as I made…

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). A wider angle of the Nenana River weaving is way throughout central Alaska. In summer, these rivers are obviously more active…

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). The Parks Highway reaching across the Nenana River in central Alaska. Old and new bridges alike are truly something to behold throughout the weathered…

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). A fun, little ravine of sorts adjacent to the Nenana River and the Parks Highway in central Alaska. Residual snow persists…

AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0260 of 7221). Leaving Denali National Park, I return to my northward trek towards Fairbanks along the Parks Highway — a stretch of weathered…

AKtoFL: Denali Rocks in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Rocky outcrop along the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). One final, parting shot of the magnificent rocks of Denali National Park before we resume our trip…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An excellent outcrop of sorts at Denali National Park. As much as I love Florida, I must admit the rocks…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A lovely spill of rocks along a steep slope adjacent to the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. How…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An excellent outcrop of rock along the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. In many ways, the rock…

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A higher perspective of the Savage River Trail winding along and across its namesake. Note the exposed rock formations and…