Spotlight on Florida: Autumn in Florida

This week I’m spotlighting a season in Florida rather than a place. The other afternoon I took princess out for a walk. I immediately noticed a chill in the air, ah, a sure sign of fall. I later checked the temperature…70º, definitely sweater weather. This is the time of the year I miss living in the north. I miss the change of colors, but not wearing sweaters.

Acadia National Park, Maine

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We do have changing seasons here in Florida and changing leaves. Last year my daughter brought me a leaf and said in complete seriousness, “see mom, leaves do change colors”. With shock on my face I replied, “It’s dead”. The leaf was brown and crumbly just like the leaves in the photo below.

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So if you want to see beautiful, colorful autumn leaves this is what you will see. Fake plastic or silk leaves, colorfully dyed in the colors of autumn. Ah Florida. At least I’m not wearing a coat!

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Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Trees/ Fall Colors?

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Brown County State Park, Indiana

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Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Landscapes

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Katepwa Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Season of Autumn

Step Stone Falls, Arcadia State Park, Rhode Island

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Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina


Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Caribou National Forest, Idaho

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Brown County State Park, Indiana


Summit Lake State Park, Indiana


Pioneer Village, Spring Mill State Park, Indiana


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Travel Theme: Roads

The “You want me to go where road!”

As my family and I were driving through The Valley of the Gods in southern Utah we approached a mesa, a vertical wall of rock several thousand feet in height. I stated “Ashley, I think this road is going to end but the map shows it going through.” We got closer and then in a panicked tone I exclaimed “I think were supposed to drive up the side of that mesa!” Now my fear of heights is only second to my fear of spiders. Luckily my daughter was driving because I would have turned back. This photograph was taken at 1100 ft. I got out of the car shaking; my daughter too was unnerved by the windy drive with its hairpin turns on a single land gravel road. We still laugh as we talk about this scary journey up the side of a mesa.


The Scenic Road

This scenic road in Brown County State Park (Indiana) is a favorite getaway spot as 1000s of visitor come to view the beautiful fall foliage.


The road goes on forever

It may seem like forever as you drive through Death Valley. What seems close is just an illusion and as you think you are getting close to your destination you are actually still very far away.


The long and winding road

This winding gravel road was taken as I drove the back country of Parke County, Indiana in search of an elusive waterfall…and yes I found it, Groundhog falls.


An Ancient Road

The Sunken Trace is a remnant of the ancient Natchez Trace Parkway where in the early 1800s people walked 500 miles enduring hardships and even deadly conditions in order to find for themselves a better life.


Mountain Roads

This photograph was taken from a rest area along Utah’s scenic route I-70. Many highways were carved from mountain rock to make westward travel more efficient.



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For the Love of Geography: Deciduous Forests

Deciduous forests can be found worldwide but are most widespread in eastern United States, central Europe and eastern Europe. The deciduous forest is comprised of broadleaf trees and have four distinct season and the leaves change color and lose their leaves in the winter.

Hominy Ridge Lake, Salamonie River State Forest, Indiana


Hoosier National Forest, Indiana


Mountain Farm, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, North Carolina


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For the Love of Geography: Appalachians

The Appalachians were formed over 470 million years ago making them the oldest mountain chain in the world. Before erosion the rose to heights that rivaled the Alpines. The range spans from Alabama, through the eastern United States to southeastern Canada.

Scenic Rt 100, Vermont

Scenic Rt 100, Vermont

Appalachian Mountains, WV

North Bend State Park, West Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway,  NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

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For the Love of Geography: Mountains

I grew up in a coastal town in Massachusetts. Living so close to the Appalachian Mountains, my family and I often visited Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine each fall enjoy the spectacular display of color. I believed I knew what a mountain was then I took my family on a trip west. I’ll never forget how I felt as we drove south through the Grand Teton National Park. My daughter was driving and my other daughter in the back and I was in the passenger seat. I was overcome by a sense of awe and spiritual awakening.
As we drove, my head hanging out the window, my jaw resting on the car door I finally was able to catch my breath I yelled “STOP”. And I yelled stop every few minutes so I could get out and photography these monuments to God’s strength and beauty.
These photographs were taken during this ride along this mountain range that just seems to jet into the sky from what felt like flat land.

Mt Moran WY Cascade Canyon, Lake Jenny WY Grand Tetons, WY

These photographs were taken on a later trip to the Tetons, a stark difference. Initially I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get the same spectacular views as before but we can’t go back, we always must embrace the present no matter what we’re faced with. The views may not have been the same but the spectacular sunsets were definitely worth it.

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Wildfire, Grand Teton National Park Wy

Mt Moran, WY

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons (3)

Changing seasons at Shadyside Park, Anderson, Indiana

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Walking on Ice

Shadyside Park, Anderson IN - Early Spring

April showers bring…

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…May flowers

Shadyside Park, Anderson IN - Summer

Summer’s in full bloom

Shadyside Park, Anderson IN - Autumn

Autumn reminds us once again that to witness rebirth death must come first.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons (2)

Here are more seasonal changes featuring Whitewater Memorial State Park, Indiana

Whitewater Memorial State Park, IN - Winter

Winter’s Peace when all the world sleeps waiting for spring’s new day

Whitewater Memorial State Park, IN - Spring

Spring, bursting with new life

Whitewater Memorial State Park, IN - Summer

Summer’s Lazy Days

Whitewater Memorial State Park, IN - Autumn

Warmth of autumn’s colors