The Many Lakes of Lakeland

When you drive around Lakeland, you pass lots of lakes. The City of Lakeland says that there are a total of 38 named lakes within City limits as well as numerous smaller lakes. Sizes among the 38 named lakes range from 2.5 acres (Lake Blanton) to 2,272 acres (Lake Parker) of which 17 are natural and 21 are man-made. Lake Parker is the large lake behind my condo development. Today I’m sharing a few photos of another lake I passed in my drives.

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Blue Skies in Florida

For the last month, we’ve had lots of rain here in Central Florida.  The storms come onto land from the Gulf of Mexico.  It doesn’t rain all day but by afternoon or early evening the heat drives moisture into the air and the showers come a shore.  In between, we have blue skies although there are sometimes darker looking clouds lingering in the sky. Here are a couple of shots of the skies above a lake in the area.

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Timber Oaks Community

Timber Oaks Community

Port Richey, Florida

Timber Oaks is a residential area in Florida. Today let’s look at the history of the small community of almost 2000 homes. This established master-planned community for 55 and over is made up of several distinct villages with a variety of attached and single-family homes that offer low-maintenance living. Historically, looking back the planning didn’t note the geographical problems causing flooding issues in the area.

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Visit to Glacier National Park, Montana

Today’s photos are shared by my nephew and his wife, James and Heather. They celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a trip out west to Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It’s crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

My nephew Robert and his wife celebrate their anniversay each fall with a trip to northern Michigan.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Murphy.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America’s First National Lakeshore

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the serenity of northern woodlands.

 

 

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Fall in Michigan

Photos taken by Lisa Marinelli Murphy

 

Recently my nephew Robert and his new bride Lisa spent a week seeing the autumn colors in northern Michigan. First they traveled to Traverse City, Michigan and visited areas of interest. Then they drove south on the Michigan west coast and explored the beauty of South Haven. Lisa graciously shared her photos with me of their explorations. Read More