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sherry boas
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Pelican and dolphin - Playing together or vying for food?
There's a place on the Indian River side of Bethune Beach where I go to see dolphins, manatees and shorebirds coexisting in a small cove of brackish water. Pelican and dolphin:  Friends or foes? On a recent visit, a lone brown pelican was hanging out in the...

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Disappointment turned to delight
I thought I'd be warm enough Thursday morning when I biked to the beach, but I really wasn't.  A cold wind was blowing off the ocean. Masses of foam and reddish-brown sargassum seaweed had washed ashore.  It was high tide just before sunrise. Really high ti...

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Which picture do you like best?
It was practically perfect at the beach this morning. Sun rising over an unruffled ocean. Gentle breeze. Calm waves. Smooth sand firm enough for bike riding. Not many birds. Fewer people. Most people waved or nodded as we passed one another. As usual, I too...

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Who says you can't grow raspberries in Florida!
We've always called them 'black caps' but most people know them as black raspberries.   When Ralph and I lived on Cape Cod, picking (and eating!) blackcaps was one of our favorite things to do when the fruit ripened in early summer. Black caps canes grew wi...

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Save weeds. Feed birds.
Sow thistle is a springtime wildflower that pops up in lawns, fields and roadsides with abandon.  This tall, prickly, yellow-flowered plant with fluffy seedheads is related to dandelions and sunflowers. Although it is a hardy perennial wildflower, most peop...
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