Red Maple

Most people associate maple trees are as a northern tree with their spectacular displays of changing leaf color in the fall. In fact there are two species of maple trees that grow well in Florida, The native red maple (Acer rubrum) and Florida maple (Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum.)

Florida's native red maple (Acer rubrum) is found throughout most of the state and grows in wet areas. While I'm not certain I believe the photo shows a Acer rubrum due to the swamp location where I came across this bright red leaf.

Orchids

I will admit right off that I know nothing about orchids other than I like them a lot. Naturally I'd heard of them but my focus has always been on plants I could grow and now I find myself living where orchids grow, pretty cool. My quick read shows 99 varieties grow in Florida, whether they're  […]

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Egret in Flight

It's more challenging than I recalled, but catching a clear photo of a bird in flight isn't easy. Combine the flight with an angle other than from behind the subject is proving to be quite difficult for me. While out on James Scenic Road recently I took quite a few photos of this egret who seemed  […]

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Flower Guest

I haven't tried to determine what kind of flower this is but I was pleasantly surprised to see that while I was focusing on the flower so was a nearby bee.  […]

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Osprey's Christmas Meal

As I previously posted we spent Christmas Day at the Naples beach by the landmark pier. The pier extends pretty far into the Gulf of Mexico and is a popular fishing and scenic viewing location. My photo was taken at the end of the pier where there's a shelter. Quite a few people had noticed the  […]

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Zebra Butterfly

The zebra longwing butterfly has long, narrow wings that are black with light yellow zebra-like stripes and long black antennae. They live in warm, damp tropical areas found in the southern United States from Texas to Florida. It is also found in Central America and northern South America living on  […]

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Another Photo Gallery

Kane Creek 4x4 Trail, Moab, Utah Crystal Mill, Crystal, Colorado Since I kept my Living in the Slow Lane domain name but erased everything and started over I've had some people ask where my photos went since they had visited it previous to my move and changes. With that in mind I added my old photo  […]

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Soldier Butterfly

The soldier butterfly is a butterfly that lives in the tropics and sub-tropical climates with South Florida being the northern limit of its range. It's also found in south Texas and sometimes is seen in Arizona and New Mexico. It's much more common southward, through the Caribbean, Mexico, Central  […]

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Water Lily

My wife and I celebrated our 45th anniversary a couple days ago and spent some time wandering through the Naples Botanic Gardens which are beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the Denver Botanic Gardens but it's limited by what will grow in the climate which is significantly less than grows here. I'm  […]

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Another Black-crowned Night Heron

The black-crowned night heron (black-capped night heron) is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia. Adults are approximately 25 inches long and weigh 28 ounces. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body  […]

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Christmas Day in Naples

Our first Christmas in Naples was not a disappointment but it was cooler than we hoped since our grandkids were looking forward to swimming in the Gulf. They did go in the water but definitely preferred the warmer pool. Overall everything was fine and 70 degrees on Christmas Day is something I can  […]

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Chomp, Chomp

By the 1950s alligator hunting had almost wiped out the population and were placed the endangered species list. By the 1980s, the population recovered and Florida's population continued to grow increasing the probability of interactions between humans and alligators. The Florida Fish and Wildlife  […]

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Gators, Gators, Gators...

The very thought of an alligator attack is terrifying to pretty much everyone and definitely mentioned by people visiting the area. Rest a bit easy, alligators don't attack humans very often and for any number of reasons. Humans really are simply too large for gators to deal with. That doesn't mean  […]

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Wisdom of Winston Churchill

Naples Pier in December

Naples Pier is a very popular tourist stop as well as locals so it tends to be a busy place. On top of the usual crowds the tourist population grows considerably in November & December due to the holidays and school breaks increasing the number of visitors. The pier fully re-opened a while ago  […]

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Another Green Heron

I've had this photo for quite a while as I tried to identify it before posting. While rummaging through the console in my car today and found a copy of the Fort Meyers and Naples Wildlife Pocket Guide. Much to my surprise the cover photo is very similar and I thought I'd finally found an easy  […]

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Wood Stork

I have been enamored with the Wood Stork since first reading that they lived in the area and couldn't wait to see one in person. I heard they were beginning to be spotted locally and set off to finally see one. I was disappointed when I didn't see any at all at the wildlife area and headed home  […]

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How Long Will I Live?

Source: Shanice Norris If you're retired, as I am, you hope your money will last until you die. All the advisors on the investment side predict we'll live until we're in our nineties which raises questions. We liked the investment advisors we had many years ago who told that we would run out of  […]

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Gaudy Sphinx Moth

This Gaudy Sphinx Moth was hanging on an outside wall when I went out the other morning. It hung around unmoving for hours so I was able to get a good photo. Opinions differ on this which I think is very interesting though my wife is far less complimentary. Family: Sphingidae Subfamily:    […]

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Being Watched

I don't understand the 'feeling of being watched' but it is something most of us experience the feeling. A while back I was sitting on a bench in a wildlife refuge relaxing and seeing if anything interesting would come along. It's a popular place that's usually quiet during the week which is when I  […]

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Southwest Florida Canals

source: https://sagerealtor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PartialAerialViewofCapeCoralCanalSystem.jpg Anyone that's spent more than a fleeting moment in Southwest Florida has noticed Canals are everywhere. Above is a typical backyard canal so you walk out the door and hope in your boat to go out  […]

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Photo Gallery Comments

Since I deviated from the format to save page space on the galleries this is where you can comment on them if you care to. It would be helpful if you provide a name of the photo so others know what you're saying when you post "I really like this scenery, bird, tree picture, etc.  […]

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Misconceptions about Naples Florida

source: ttps://www.zillow.com Last March when we decided to move and were letting people know, someone who I won't name, replied; "I've got a few million too, I'll move there myself" displaying a very common misconception of this small city of 22,000 residents. Naples is known for being  […]

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Creativity and Aging

Some people think creativity is restricted to the young, this simply isn't true. The reality is we let our creativity ebb as we age and settle into routines that we find comforting and easy. Creativity isn't limited to things like painting and writing, creativity is simply thinking differently. The  […]

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Kids and Their Phones!

They're everywhere, kids on phones, talking, texting, taking pictures, chatting and whatever it is they do. I'm not just talking about our kids but their kids and their kids, kids! They're always ‘friending’, ‘liking’ and ‘commenting, on social media, it's just crazy! The photo caused quite a stir  […]

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Stranded in SWFL?

Stranded is a dramatization but as I sit in the Houston airport waiting for my flight back to Fort Meyers I’m coming to a somewhat harsh reality of living with COPD. I’ve mentioned we moved to Naples because I found I can breathe much better at sea level than at the mile-high altitude of Denver. My  […]

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Female Boat Tailed Grackle

Previously I asked what this bird was and I've been informed that it appears to be a female boat tailed grackle.  […]

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Apps of the Year

These are the top 20 free apps of the year, according to Apple: YouTube - Instagram - Snapchat - Messenger - Facebook - Bitmoji - Netflix - Google Maps - Gmail - Spotify Music - Amazon - Uber - WhatsApp Messenger - Pandora - Wish - TikTok - Cash App - Google Photos - Google Chrome - Twitter I  […]

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Smoking Hot Body

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Wagon Wheel Road

Initially I was confused by various photos of birds I'd seen and how much different they were compared to what I've seen until I realized the best and most popular photos are of these birds in their breeding plumage. It appears as though the Great Blue Heron (above) is beginning to show breeding  […]

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