Tag Archive for: Florida

North Access, Guana River

28 Jul
July 28, 2018
Guana River Reserve

Expansive view of the Guana River Reserve as shot from the northern-most public access.

Up the River with a Paddle

28 Jul
July 28, 2018
Guana River Kayaking

Even on overcast days, the beauty of the Guana River Research Reserve inside Guana River State Park is evident.

Fish On!

28 Jul
July 28, 2018
Big Mahi

Fun day fishing with my brother-in-law, Capt. Trey and his buddies off Cocoa Beach.

Sailfish

This was my catch on the day- a beautiful sailfish that we released.

Giant Mahi

Man, that Mahi was big! Trey, holding up the giant.

Payne’s Prairie

23 Apr
April 23, 2018

I recently took a trip to Payne’s Prairie to hang out with my oldest daughter, Kendall, for Dad / Daughter weekend with her sorority at the University of Florida. Kendall and I decided to go for a hike in this spectacular state park and came across a lot of wildlife (although we didn’t run into any wild horses or bison -yes, bison- that live in the park). Nonetheless, it was an awesome time adventuring with my daughter, who’s always up for exploring with me.

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Hazy Shade of Winter

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
A old dock on a lake in the early morning in Tavares, FL

A chilly late December morning in Tavares, Fl.

Morning Sunshine

01 Jun
June 1, 2016

Orlando Lakefront Sunrise

‘Merica

25 Mar
March 25, 2016

Aunt Kates Restaurant on the water, St. Augustine, FL

O-Town Reflections

19 Mar
March 19, 2016

Orlando, FL natural beauty

The Waiting Game

16 Oct
October 16, 2015

North Beach Camp Resort, St. Augustine, Florida

Little Fluffy Clouds

18 Mar
March 18, 2015

Intracoastal Waterway

SPF 1000

17 Feb
February 17, 2015
Sunshine on the Intracoastal Waterway

“Does it feel hot in here to you?”

The sun was out today, but it seems like it was a little warmer in some places, than others.

Structure

14 Feb
February 14, 2015

Underneath a pier

Catches a lot more than you (and me!)

04 Jan
January 4, 2015
Florida waterfowl

One of the more skilled wade-fishermen at Guana Reserve State Park

Guana Sunset

15 Nov
November 15, 2014
Sun going down in Guana River State Park

You walk into the world you make

Fish On!

31 Jul
July 31, 2014

Early morning fishing preparations

Good morning, sunshine!

Bluepoints Marina Red Snapper catch

Capt. Dwayne with Trey and myself at Bluepoints Marina

Red Snapper catch, Port Canaveral

My brother-in-law, Trey and myself, with some of the day’s catch

Big Red Snapper

My brother-in-law, Trey holding up one of our many throwbacks

After banning Red Snapper fishing for a long, long time, the FWC recently opened a “season” for just a few short (8) days, to check on the health of the stock. I had the opportunity to go out at Port Canaveral, Florida with my brother-in-law, Trey, and a few of his friends, and we made ’em pay! I’m here to proclaim that the conservation efforts have worked! We must have landed 25-30+ Snapper, all about the size you see here (ranging from 12-19 lbs., with an average of abut 15 lbs.). We spent most of the day throwing back fish due to the catch limits per fisherman. Thanks to Trey and his friends, Dwayne, Grant, Amber and crew for an amazing day! We also had a Grouper, Cobia and several sharks. But mostly, it was just a non-stop Red Snapper frenzy and quite a workout! As a result, the Hamby’s have been eating well this week, and Snapper is my favorite fish! P.S. Don’t ask for the GPS coordinates! They are highly protected numbers.

Perched

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

Pelicans, perfectly perched

Pelicans

Backlit Breeze

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

Florida sunset on the Intracoastal

Seeing the light

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

Sunshine at the Beach

Tolamato River, South Ponte Vedra Beach

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

Tolamato River

Lake Ola, Tavares, Florida

01 Apr
April 1, 2014

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Aunt Kate’s, St. Augustine, FL

01 Apr
April 1, 2014

Aunt Kate's, St. Augustine

Guana River State Park

01 Jan
January 1, 2014
Guana River State Park

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Above are a few images of 12,000-acre Guana River State Park in the Greater Jacksonville, FL area, between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine. Even on a cold winter day in December, her beauty shines through. The park runs from the Atlantic Ocean, across dunes, marsh and over to the Tolomato River. The place is gorgeous, loaded with hiking and biking trails, and lots of wildlife (bird sanctuary, calving ground for Right Whales, among many other species). I asked my wife to marry me here at the northern entrance to the park. I love to surf at Guana because it breaks well, handles larger swells better than most places around here, and is typically uncrowded. Gretchen thought that I was stopping to check the surf on the way out to eat one evening when I popped the question to her on top of the highest observation deck in the park. We later built a home right on the edge of the marsh in Guana and lived there for about 12 years or so. We ended up moving, but not too far- just about mile down the road off A1A. Guana River State Park is an excellent place to run, surf, fish, kayak, hike, bike, look for sharks teeth, or just explore and relax. If you’re looking for something to do in the Jax area one weekend, try to check it out. There’s also a great research center with some pretty cool displays at the southern entrance near Vilano Beach.

Rise and Shine

24 Aug
August 24, 2013

Florida lakefront

Florida Reflection

24 Aug
August 24, 2013

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St. Augustine Cross

24 Aug
August 24, 2013

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