Connect, weave yourself into the natural world. Lessons from the green nourish and change us for the better. Study the intricacies of lichen and web. Put down a taproot or become an air plant. Observe. Mind open and eyes wide. Breathe. Photos and notes from Longleaf Preserve are here.

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A Lovely Native Blooms

It’s 29 degrees here this morning. “Here” is near Pensacola, in what is called “the Panhandle” of Florida because of it’s long, narrow shape attaching to the rest of the state. We’re even in a different time zone: Central, while most of the state is in Eastern. Causes all sorts of aggravation for the citizens…

Pensacola Sunset

A stunning sunset in unscathed Pensacola can’t erase the destruction and suffering being visited upon our neighbors to the east and northeast by Hurricane Michael. Buck and I had just finished a comfort food supper when I saw it, grabbed my camera and raced upstairs and out to the second floor terrace to snap the…

Views of Apalachicola Before Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael, a most unwelcome late-season guest, will be making landfall somewhere between Destin and Panama City Beach in a few hours.  Our inland location near Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida has been downgraded to Tropical Storm alert status. It is our friends and family to the east who are in great jeopardy for loss…

Inland from Hurricane Michael

I just spoke to my younger brother and am greatly relieved to know he and his friend have evacuated from Apalachicola and are in a motel in Gainesville. She has medical issues that require guaranteed power to help her breathe, so Steve had to be sure his choice of sinecure was reliable. Buck and I…

Did Someone Say Category 3?

But it’s October. And the ten-day forecast calls for fall temps here in the Florida panhandle (finally).  {sigh} We live in Pensacola, and my younger brother lives in a vulnerable spot in the small waterfront town of Apalachicola. {sigh} So I’m headed to the grocery store for just-in-case supplies. We checked the generator last night…

Beautiful Fragile Gone

I don’t know if the mosquito hawk was at the end of its natural life or if it had interacted with a toxic substance. All I know is by the time I saw it on the warm concrete slab, astonished by the creature’s beautiful wings, its life was seconds away from ending. I’m not going…

A Nature Show Before Coffee

Daytime temps are still in the mid-eighties in Pensacola, but a 7:00 a.m. walk with Lula Belle is 71 degrees and sunny – pure delight. A goldenrod, American Beautyberry, and sunrise show makes the coffee taste even better.       Longleaf seasons: October