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2012 

Florida's Duranta erecta, also known as the Golden Dewdrop, is a beautiful plant with orange berries that are poisonous to humans.  We found this plant with the enticing berries in Hammock Park during our walks and as always, I photographed it with the intention of identifying it. If it was edibl...
12/31/2012
Gulf Anclote Park is Holiday Florida's lovely little park on the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, just north of the power plant. The power plant was put into service in 1974 and is a steam power plant. Originally it was a combination oil and natural gas plant but by the end of 2013 Progress Energy wi...
12/29/2012
Tarpon Springs Florida has a boat ramp at Craig Park that is right on the Anclote River. From here you can travel along the river and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Remember that you will need a boat launch permit and the City of Tarpon Springs offers them at the city clerk's office. The fees vary ...
12/28/2012
How to end the year? How about fishing on the Anclote River up in Tarpon Springs Florida? Ronnie was itching to get back out on the water, so he and his friend Michael went out today. They decided to fish the Anclote River and caught several beautiful trout that were 'keepers'.  Michael also caug...
12/28/2012
Helfenstein was once a fortified castle that has stood overlooking Geislingen an der Steige, Germany, since 1100 AD. Today only the tower and some of the walls remain. The counts of Helfenstein founded Geislingen an der Steige in the valley below since this was a major trade route over the Swabia...
12/27/2012
Located in southern Germany, Geislingen an der Steige is situated in a valley surrounded by the Swabian Alps and on what was once a major trade route. This is the town my first husband and father of my two wonderful children was born in. We lived there for a while after he graduated from engineer...
12/27/2012
Lost in the jungle and loving it was how I felt on our morning walk today. It was a little later than normal because it was just too darn cold outside to venture out! It went down to 49 degrees and there was no way my nose was going outdoors until those temperatures were up close to 60 degrees! W...
12/27/2012
Listing to closing in less than three weeks is indeed not bad. I wrote up the listing on December 2nd and got it into the MLS the following day. Naturally, I also advertised that listing in all of the other multiple places I always put listings. There was a showing the day after the information w...
12/26/2012
Hammock Park in Dunedin Florida does indeed have some fantastic giant bamboo. This morning we went for a walk before the rains came through and wandered on new paths through Hammock Park. We were amazed and pleased to find this clump of giant bamboo, stalks large enough to build a raft. Bamboo is...
12/26/2012
Florida's air potato is an invasive that was probably brought here during the slave trade from Africa. Native to sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, the air potato is considered an invasive exotic weed. Area parks often have containers where visitors to the park can place any air potatoes that ...
12/25/2012
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