Sunrise at Wakodahatchee

In between road trips and extended travels, we love Treasure Hunting where we live. There is an abundance of natural beauty and nature to be enjoyed within minutes of our home in South Florida. We love to get up close by riding our bikes or paddling our kayak, but the best way we have found to view nature is on foot, through the lens of a camera.

There are any number of state parks and botanical gardens in our area, but one of my favorites is Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. The park covers over fifty acres of wetlands that are maintained by the Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility in Palm Beach County.  The half-mile boardwalk which incorporates a couple of covered rest stops, has an elevated walkway for viewing the inhabitants of this man-made wetlands. On any given day, you will find photographers, and bird watchers striving to peacefully co-exist with throngs of daily walkers and casual on-lookers. Ultimately, everyone is here for the same reason – nature. Read More

Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery

On a recent road trip to the Emerald Coast of Florida, we discovered more than just the emerald waters of this beautiful coast. Just off Highway I10 in Defuniak Springs is Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, a jewel in its own right. We regularly enjoy wines from all over the world and while we are very enthusiastic wine consumers, we have absolutely no credentials for judging what is good. We simply know what we like, and we like Florida wines. Maybe it is because we suspend expectations, and maybe it’s because they are really that good. One thing is for sure. With twenty-three certified wineries in the State of Florida and growing, they are here to stay.

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3 Days on the Emerald Coast

A few years ago I started a Pinterest Board  called “my new favorite colors.” The board, which you can see here is a collection of pictures that celebrate shades of blue and green. These are nature’s colors, and they originated from the land, sea and sky; they are also the colors of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Read More

The Forgotten Coast

The Forgotten Coast

Abandon your type-A personality and prepare to unwind on Highway 98. This is the Forgotten Coast, where a slow drive, a beautiful sunset and sipping a cold beer on the back porch is the most excitement you’ll want to have in one day. Read More

Showcasing Our Photos

As an introduction to those of you who might be stopping by for the first time; our blog is about our experience as early retirees. We live comfortably in our home in South Florida, travel often and share a variety of interests which include cooking, and photography. Our goal is to inspire others who are retired or contemplating retirement, to look beyond the front porch and see the amazing possibilities of life after work.

Being new to the world of Blogging, we made some basic discoveries early on. Content and images can make or break a post. I read a lot of Blogs and the quick turn-off for me is poor quality images, too many photos, or no photos at all.  There are many things about creating a successful Blog that I do not know, but this is an area in which I feel confident. It is also the subject of today’s post. Read More

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