Shana Tova~!

We’ve just started celebrating a new year on the Jewish calendar, beginning with Rosh HaShana. May we all be blessed to experience a sweet new year of good health, peace, serenity, inspiration, and fulfillment! “Every year there descends and radiates a new and renewed light which has never yet shone.”  (Tanya, Iggeret HaKodesh, ch. 14) “Lift high your […]

Very quiet morning

It’s hard to believe that these very same tree islands were bustling with noisy (and sometimes smelly 😏) nesting wood storks, herons, and egrets of all shapes and sizes just two months ago. Almost everyone has moved on. This morning the boardwalks were empty and quiet and the ponds were utterly still. What a tranquil time to […]

A very special Sanctuary

Are you familiar with the infamous plume trade that supplied the millinery industry just over 100 years ago? This sign at the entrance to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, near Naples, Florida, provides a glimpse into the history behind this practice . . . and, this incredible place. I cringe to think about it, but literally millions of […]

White Ibis color transformation

The White Ibis is ubiquitous here in Florida, a coastal wading bird that is seen from the Carolinas to Florida and up the Gulf Coast into Texas.Although the White Ibis is mostly found foraging for small crustaceans and amphibians in freshwater marshes, wetlands, and mangrove swamps, this graceful bird is equally at home strolling in urban parks […]