Category: Florida Environments

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… Continue Reading “Kayaking the Edge of the Tomoka, 09 May 2020”

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… Continue Reading “Tannic creek line, 07 May 2020”

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… Continue Reading “Bulow Creek Pine & Palm Flatwood, 11 July 2015”

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… Continue Reading “The Tomoka River, 28 September 2019”

Washington Oaks Gardens Beach, 19 November 2011

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park; Flagler county, Florida (19 November 2011).

Dorian 2019: Ormond-by-the-Sea, Wednesday the 4th

I wasn’t quite able to get update photos at North Peninsula State Park, but I did manage to swing by a nearby beach in Ormond-by-the-Sea a few miles to the south. These images were taken shortly before 11am, or so, as Dorian was churning… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: Ormond-by-the-Sea, Wednesday the 4th”

Dorian 2019: Tomoka Marsh, 04 September

Tomoka Marsh at Bulow Creek was, predictably, a bit inundated by water earlier today. This is par for course whenever we have tropical storm action in Ormond Beach, Florida. What’s interesting, and what I need to check out further, is that I don’t think… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: Tomoka Marsh, 04 September”

Dorian 2019: Tomoka Marsh on Tuesday the 3rd

Shortly before I caught the outer spiral rainband at North Peninsula State Park (as documented in the previous post), I swung by a favorite stretch of salt marsh along the Tomoka Basin and Bulow Creek State Park to check out any potential flooding. This… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: Tomoka Marsh on Tuesday the 3rd”

Dorian 2019: North Peninsula State Park on Tuesday the 3rd

In Volusia county, we are now in the midst of Dorian’s intermittent outer spiral rainbands — the elongated thunderstorm lines that rotate around the hurricane itself. These rainbands can carry with them heavy precipitation and wind — plenty of energy. On the outskirts of a… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: North Peninsula State Park on Tuesday the 3rd”

Dorian 2019: Ormond Beach on Monday the 2nd

Andy Romano Beachfront Park in Ormond Beach; Volusia county, Florida (02 September 2019). Photographs taken in the a.m. hours of September 2nd at Andy Romano Beachfront Park in Ormond Beach, Florida — just north of Daytona Beach proper. The tide was approaching high. Mostly… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: Ormond Beach on Monday the 2nd”

Dorian 2019: The Calm Before the Surge

North Peninsula State Park; Volusia county, Florida (31 August 2019). Though we likely won’t take a direct hit from the heart of Dorian’s vanity, we’ll still snag some impressive tidal surge action along our coastlines in a few days — coastlines that are already… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: The Calm Before the Surge”

Dorian 2019: Good Fortune, Blue Skies

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (31 August 2019). Today’s 11am updated forecast pushes Dorian’s projected trackline even further offshore as it passes us in Volusia county, Florida. Very good news for my stretch of the peninsula. If this projected track holds, we’ll… Continue Reading “Dorian 2019: Good Fortune, Blue Skies”

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Creek; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Creek, 10 August 2019

Freak Creek Landing (Alexander Springs Creek); Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Alexander Springs Recreational Area, 10 August 2019

Alexander Springs Wilderness Area; Lake county, Florida (10 August 2019).

Returning to the Landing, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Low Tide in the Spruce Creek Area, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Tidal Flats & Islands Between Spruce Creek and Ponce Inlet, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area, just northwest of Ponce Inlet; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Lowering Tide on the Coastal Marsh, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Dawn on the Marsh, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Dawn over Spruce Creek, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Spruce Creek Area, 07 August 2019

Spruce Creek Park Area; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019).

Bulow Creek State Park, 27 June 2019

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (27 June 2019). Learn more about Bulow Creek State Park from floridastateparks.org and Friends of the Tomoka Basin.

Bulow Creek State Park, 27 June 2019

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (27 June 2019). Learn more about Bulow Creek State Park from floridastateparks.org and Friends of the Tomoka Basin.

Bulow Creek State Park, 27 June 2019

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (27 June 2019). Learn more about Bulow Creek State Park from floridastateparks.org and Friends of the Tomoka Basin.

Bulow Creek State Park, 27 June 2019

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (27 June 2019). Learn more about Bulow Creek State Park from floridastateparks.org and Friends of the Tomoka Basin.

Bulow Creek State Park, 27 June 2019

Bulow Creek State Park; Volusia county, Florida (27 June 2019). Learn more about Bulow Creek State Park from floridastateparks.org and Friends of the Tomoka Basin.