Hot on the trail

Saturday morning, I went on a photo hike for the first time in months. It was Mojave Hot. I was grateful for what shade I did have, and for the water I remembered to bring. I stayed away from the tourist-packed beaches, and instead took a ramble in the woods around Blackwater River State Park, […]

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Back to school

Summer is winding down, and more and more kids are heading back to school. Hopefully, the beaches and trails will be blissfully empty in only a few short weeks. I returned to Blackwater River State Park, near Holt for my photo hike. There was a coolness to the air as I wandered around the Juniper Lake […]

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Hundred Acre Wood

no trespassing sign

Saturday, I wandered around trails at Blackwater River State Park near Holt. The recent rains made everything extra soggy, so I was grateful for the beam boardwalks wending through the woods. And… yes, I did execute my best Olympic gymnast dismount arm flourish when I reached the end of each segment without falling off into […]

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Juniper Lake

This week I headed back to one of my favorite stomping grounds – Blackwater River State Park near Holt, FL. Every time I hike there, I find something new. Walking around Juniper Lake, I wandered off the trail (luckily, my smartphone has a compass and GPS), and found the abandoned pilings from an old boardwalk. The […]

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Walk in the woods

The last two cold, and rainy weekends delayed my planned return to Blackwater River State Park. Heading out Saturday morning, the sun was shining and I figured today was the day. The river, clear and clean, is the color of rooibos tea. Paired with the light, ecru sand – it looks like raw sugar – […]

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Well, if it rains, I don’t care…

I headed back to Blackwater River State Park near Holt, FL, this weekend for my photo hike. There are plenty of trails to meander around on, as well as incredible views from the river itself. The water, a dark amber, gets its color from the tannins leaching into the river from decaying vegetation. Much like […]

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