Florida Survival: Lightning

Growing Cloud

Summer is Florida’s true rainy season and the skies can be remarkably beautiful.  White clouds can almost always be seen floating against a backdrop of clean blue.  One can often watch the tops of the clouds boil and roll as they swell with gathering moisture, building through the heat of …

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Two Raptors: Red-tailed Hawk & Swallow-tailed Kite

Red-tailed Hawk

I had the opportunity to see two wonderful and very different raptors recently, right in my own neighborhood.  One day apart, I was able to see a Red-tailed Hawk and a Swallow-tailed Kite. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Though the Red-tailed Hawk may be the most common hawk in the United States, …

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Plant Profile: Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

Royal Poinciana Tree

Nothing says warm weather like a Royal Poinciana tree in bloom.  These trees can be found all over southern Florida, most often used in landscaping.  I have long known that the Poinciana isn’t native to Florida, despite it having been present seemingly forever.  Somewhere in my youth, I was told …

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