Say what you will about Florida, yes, it is hot, humid, and a bug haven, that is true, but it’s “wetlands” appeal to me.
I don’t live by the ocean, but I do live by a large freshwater lake. The lake has its own charm and benefits.
Living on the lake and having a house with a view of the eastern horizon means I do not have to leave my house to catch a breathtaking sunrise!
I am convinced that there are huge neurological benefits to the visual display of colors from sunrises and sunsets as well as by listening to the sounds of the lakeside wildlife and watching the movement of the water. In my busy and frequently chaotic world, this morning ritual of watching sunrises starts my days in a peaceful and grateful mindset.
It soothes me to ride on back-wood country roads and enjoy the scenery of wild flowers, thick swamps, and large trees that bend toward each other and create a canopy over the roads. I really favor the less populated towns like Brooksville, Mount Dora, Plant City, and Lakeland. In these places the residents are striving to preserve or recreate that “old Florida” way of life. The towns all have a local farmers market in their downtown areas that showcases the local produce. Many artsy types offer unique arts and crafts. To my delight, antique and shabby chic are trending again.
If you enjoy the wetlands, then the state is a photographer’s dream! From St. Augustine’s historical landmarks and charming history, to Panama City’s white sand dunes, to the diversity of Miami beach, to the gulf beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater – all offer endless photography opportunities. The multi-cultural make-up of the state is evident from its earliest beginnings. Some areas have undergone a transformation from old Florida to modern urban city life-like Tampa.
Key west and the entire Florida keys offer the residents and visitors an opportunity to escape the cities and experience island living. My favorite places in Florida are the towns that still have that “old-Florida-cracker” life style. These are the less popular cities like Polk City, Plant City, and Lakeland.
Yes even the tourist magnetism of Orlando beacon me to click my shutter.
I started this post with the intentions of writing about the charm of living in a historical neighborhood and am not sure how I ended up here. I guess my passion for Florida seeped out from some sub-conscious realm of my mind and spilled out onto my blog post. It happens.