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Lantana attracts Butterflies

Here in central Florida, it is relatively easy to attract butterflies to your yard. Our backyard butterfly garden includes Jatropha, Hamelia patens (firebush), and three colors of the popular Lantana camara. Once established, Lantanas are quite hardy perennials that...

Sunset over Lake Dora

Lake Dora is a large and beautiful lake located in central Florida, about 35 miles northwest of Orlando in Lake County. The small towns of Mount Dora and Tavares border the lakefront of this 4,400 acre lake that is teeming with fish, waterfowl and reptiles (including...

Rocky Mountain Squirrel

It was the second week of November 2006... and the snow began to fall in Colorado. I was in Broomfield for a week of training and class finished on Friday morning, giving me plenty of daylight to drive up to Estes Park and into Rocky Mountain National Park. I parked...

Dragonfly at Vogel Park

Dragonflies have fascinated me since I first noticed them hovering over the warm summer waters of Eagle Lake when I was a child. Their double set of nearly transparent wings apparently allows them to fly very quickly in any direction - making them a unique flying...

Biltmore Bass Pond Bridge

In August we visited the Biltmore House and Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The mansion is an amazing example of 1890's architecture and the gardens are equally spectacular. There is a winding walking path behind the gardens leading down to this wooden bridge...

Snake in the Grass

When we moved from Michigan to Florida, we learned that the fine blade fescues do not thrive in the intense sun and heat of the Sunshine State. Instead, a thick blade fescue like St. Augustine grass is common for Florida lawns. Recommended mowing height is four...

Best Song of 2012

My pick for best song of 2012 is by Buddy Greene: I Don't Belong (Sojourner's Song) https://youtu.be/73-6P09xaAE   The following was posted on the forum of NameThanHymn.com: I DON'T BELONG words by Gloria Gaither, music by Buddy Greene It's not home Where men...

My first Indianapolis 500

Growing up in northern Indiana, I can remember listening to the Indianapolis 500 race on the radio back in the 1960s. That's when the top drivers were A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al and Bobby Unser - and rear-engine race cars were taking over the track. It was a...

Best Song of 1999

My pick for best song of 1999 is by Christian a cappella group Go Fish: Part of the Proof https://youtu.be/vfyVyaFKo_I