Wordless Wednesday #22 ~ Backyard Birds

Osprey flying overhead looking for his next meal in our pond Eastern Phoebe on our fence Fluffy male Eastern Bluebird on a crepe myrtle tree in our yard Great Blue Heron walking by in our pond Palm Warbler in crepe myrtle tree in our yard Mallard and his reflection in our pond Cute little Yellow-Rumped … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #22 ~ Backyard Birds

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Wordless Wednesday #21

~Fall colors in Florida~ I know it’s Wordless Wednesday … but I just wanted to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 🧡 “Gratitude turns what we have into enough …”

Wordless Wednesday #20 ~ Birds on the Beach

Reddish Egret Wood Stork Brown Pelican Snowy Egret Royal Tern Black Skimmer Semipalmated Plover Sanderling Photos taken by me at Matanzas Inlet, St. Augustine, Florida (October 2022)

Wordless Wednesday #19 ~ Sunset Silhouette

Spanish moss “sizzling on the sun” “Make sure to capture the sun before it’s gone.” Sunset mood Photos taken on Halloween Eve 10/30/22 down by the St Johns River, St. Augustine, Florida.

Wordless Wednesday #18: A morning at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

A “bowl” of Roseate Spoonbills Alligator walking underneath the boardwalk Anhinga taking a morning nap A surprise visitor! Female Belted-kingfisher Tricolored Heron with reflection Ring-tailed Lemur ~ “look into my eyes” Roseate Spoonbill coming in for a landing Alligator swimming in the “swamp” Great Blue Heron with a good view Another shot of the sweet … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #18: A morning at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Wordless Wednesday #17 ~ What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is sunrise … Photos taken in St. Augustine, Fl October 2022 “May every sunrise bring you hope and every sunset bring you peace.”

A closer look at Castle Otttis ~ Wordless Wednesday #16 (with a few words)

~Castle Otttis, St. Augustine, Florida~ ~A hidden gem~ ~Christian symbolism throughout the castle~ Modeled after a castle in Ireland and inspired by a dream ~Like an Irish Abbey~ ~Tours are available by appointment only~ The owner, Rusty, shares many stories about how the castle came to be and so much more! “…all the grace of … Continue reading A closer look at Castle Otttis ~ Wordless Wednesday #16 (with a few words)

Wordless Wednesday #15 ~ October 12, 2022

“Sky above, sand below, peace within.” ~Unknown Sunset at Porpoise Point, Vilano Beach Photos taken 10/6/22 in St. Augustine, Florida

“Welcome October” ~Wordless Wednesday #14

Sunset sky down by the river, the last night of September ... welcome October! I loved how the sun looked like a sunburst 🌅 . . . And all the little sunbursts glowing along the water from the rays of the sun It was such a beautiful evening after Hurricane Ian had left Florida . … Continue reading “Welcome October” ~Wordless Wednesday #14

Wordless Wednesday #13 ~ September 28, 2022

“You cannot defeat darkness by running from it, nor can you conquer your inner demons by hiding them from the world. In order to defeat the darkness, you must bring it into the light.” ~Seth Adam Smith Beautiful swallowtail butterfly, at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast, Florida, last week. Note: As I post … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #13 ~ September 28, 2022

Wordless Wednesday #12 ~ September 21, 2022

“Enjoy the beauty of a sunset, nature's farewell kiss for the night." ~Sharon Rene This is a just a sampling of the many shots I took during Sunday evening’s sunset, taken by the St Johns River in St Johns County, Florida. Get outside and enjoy the beauty all around!

Wordless Wednesday #11 ~ Let the Sea, Set you Free . . .

"Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see; it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly 'You got this, keep going.'" Author Unknown Sometimes we stumble ... Sometimes we feel like giving up ... Sometimes we just need motivation ... But if we see the … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #11 ~ Let the Sea, Set you Free . . .

Wordless Wednesday #10 ~ St. Augustine Sunrise

~Take life one step at a time.~ “A day at the beach begins with a sunrise and ends with a smile.” 😊 Photos taken Labor Day morning in St. Augustine, Florida. To see more photos, visit my new website! ~Kristina

Wordless Wednesday #9 ~ August 31, 2022

“Down by the River 1” taken in June Wordless Wednesday #1 included my follow up photo to this one. I love them both, they each set a different mood. Which do you prefer? Comment below! You can purchase a print of these and other photos in my new Etsy shop! I will be sharing a … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #9 ~ August 31, 2022

Wordless Wednesday #8 ~ August 24, 2022

~Let your dreams set sail … you never know where they might take you.~ Schooner Freedom lined up with the St. Augustine lighthouse Schooner Freedom sailing into the sunset, St. Augustine, Florida Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out the Schooner Freedom online. Photos taken August 20, 2022 from Vilano Beach. ~Kristina

Wordless Wednesday #5 ~ August 3, 2022

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~Wassily Kandinsky Rio, a beautiful Blue-fronted Amazon parrot that resides at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida. Check out my Instagram page for more photos!

Wordless Wednesday #2 ~ July 13, 2022

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” – Jhiess Krieg How will you brighten someone’s day today?☀️ (Photos taken by me at St. Augustine Beach, Florida June 26, 2022 ~ HDR setting) Please do not share or print photos without permission. To see more of my photos, check out … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #2 ~ July 13, 2022

Wordless Wednesday #1 ~ July 6, 2022

~Sunday evening blessing~ “The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Photo taken by me in Fruit Cove, Florida down by the St Johns River … one of my fave spots to watch sunsets. Have a wonderful day! ☀️

100 things to do in St. Augustine (and surrounding areas)

{NOTE: My original blog post from June 21, 2019 was somehow deleted, this is a slightly updated version of my original blog post. I hope to add more ideas and photos to it soon!} Did you know that St. Augustine is the oldest city in America? That's right ... St. Augustine was founded 42 years … Continue reading 100 things to do in St. Augustine (and surrounding areas)

My Best Photos of 2019

One of my favorite "hobbies" is photography. I consider myself somewhat of a Photo Enthusiast. I love to take photos and I think I have a good eye for taking photos. I am not a professional, but I wouldn't consider myself a novice either. More recently, I have actually been learning how to use my … Continue reading My Best Photos of 2019

Alligators, birds, and more … Oh My! Don’t miss visiting this gem in St. Augustine, FL

I live in Florida ... and in Florida, we have lots of alligators. So naturally there are places you can visit to see alligators, learn about alligators, and sometimes even hold an alligator. One of those places is right here in St. Augustine and it's a place I highly recommend you visit. Whether you live … Continue reading Alligators, birds, and more … Oh My! Don’t miss visiting this gem in St. Augustine, FL

Visiting St. Augustine: Top 5 Must-See Historical Sites

St. Augustine, dubbed the Oldest City in America, is rich in History! Just walk along the cobblestone-like, paved brick streets and take a look around and you'll see so many interesting sites to explore! Whether you are planning a vacation to St. Augustine or you live here, there is so much to see and do! … Continue reading Visiting St. Augustine: Top 5 Must-See Historical Sites

Hit the Trails at this Beautiful Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Guana River State Park or the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and it's an amazingly beautiful place you must visit if you enjoy hiking, fishing, bird-watching, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy peaceful walks in nature! Oh, and I almost forgot, dogs are welcome! Below you … Continue reading Hit the Trails at this Beautiful Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Northeast Florida Hikes: My top 5

Florida is a beautiful place, with water everywhere you go, lots of lush plants, trees, and beautiful flowers, and wildlife. Oh, and let's not forget the beautiful weather. Living in Florida, you are just drawn to the outdoors. One of my favorite things to do is go and explore different parks, conservation areas, beaches, and … Continue reading Northeast Florida Hikes: My top 5

My Best Photos of 2018

I am a Photography Enthusiast. I like to take photos for fun; I like to take photos to capture the moments; I like to take photos to preserve memories; and I like to take photos for my blog. For me, photography is just a hobby, it is something I truly love doing. Though I am … Continue reading My Best Photos of 2018