Gainesville Nature Guide – HOME Magazine Articles Compiled

Hi all!

Above is the compilation of all of the HOME Magazine articles- if you would like a higher resolution version or a printable version, please e-mail me and I will e-mail it right to you.  My e-mail address is

Included in the articles are the following fun Gainesville destinations:

Kanapaha Gardens

UF Campus Parts 1 and 2

Hawthorne Trail

Morningside Nature Center

Harn Museum Asian Wing and Garden

La Chua Trail

Healing Gardens




Bok Tower- Iron Mountain

Today I got to go back to one of my favorite places on earth – probably the first garden I ever loved because it’s in my hometown of Lake Wales, FL.

It has gotten even more beautiful over the years, but of course, change is inevitable.  I’m happy to say that the only big change is that the squirrels no longer crawl up your leg- they are actually a little timid, but still a little curious.

A curious squirrel

Koi swimming in the reflection of Bok Tower


Great words of wisdom from Mr. Bok

The beautiful tower and its reflection

Flowers next to the tower reflection pond

Just past the visitors' center

A curtain of air plants

Stone path background

The guards of the tower

One of the quietest, most serene spots on the grounds

The intricate benches

The highly manicured orange trees at Pinewood Estate

I will be back at the tower in the morning, so hopefully will get a few more different angles.

Have a great night!


Horsing Around!

After my near-death encounters with gators a few weeks ago, I decided I was brave enough again to head back out to La Chua Trail (for those of you who read the two gator encounter stories, you know I’m kidding, but I truly was scared- if you haven’t read them, just scroll back a few blogs to read about them).

It was a gorgeous afternoon, so I decided that even though it wasn’t the best lighting (late afternoon around 3:30), I needed to get out so I could get back in time to get to the Harn Museum opening of the new Asian wing (which was incredible, by the way!).

Here is a picture version of my fun walk yesterday (these are low-resolution versions- the high res versions can be seen on my facebook page):

View from the boardwalk (looking at Alachua sink)

More sunning gators in Alachua sink- taking advantage of a warm afternoon

Ready to catch a fish!

A view from the top of the lookout tower

It was a lucky day!! I got to see 3 of the wild horses (1 was off to the side- you'll see him/her next)

Caught in action- a little horse-play!

More playing around

I love these wild horses

But of course, what is a day at the Prairie without an alligator on the path? 3 out of the 3 in the past 3 weeks. Luckly this time I was way up on the lookout tower, so I just waited for him to get bored and go back into the canal.

I stomped on the wooden platform to see if that might get him to go, but it just got his attention (no movement)

Another person coming toward the lookout platform DID get his attention though. This gator eventually went back into the canal.

Have a great day!  For the high res versions, please feel free to visit my facebook page at – it will be a public photo album called “Horsing around.”

Also, please be on the lookout for the April/ May HOME Magazine– it’s a sneak peak at the new Harn Museum Asian Wing (photos taken during construction).  Thanks!

Introducing… White Backgrounds!

I FINALLY figured out how to play with the backgrounds of my single flower series, and I have found a very useful application for them– placemats, pillows, iPhone cases, etc…  they are super bright and fun.  So, if you are looking for a more fun (vs. dramatic) flower, I’m rolling them out.

First, the fun stuff:

Red Hibiscus Messenger Bag

Orchid Placemat

Orange and Blue iPhone Case

Yellow Flower Throw Pillow

Orange Flower Pillow

Red Hibiscus Placemat

Tropical Leaf Pillow

Purple Dahlia Placemat

Tropical Green Leaf Placemat

Orange and Blue Placemat

Purple Water Lily Placemat

Bok Tower Flower Placemat

Then I had a little fun making off-centered styles – possibly for canvases, metal, and glass:









Oh, and I can’t forget- I think I have a QR Code!  Check it out:-)!







Bye-bye gators- hello gardens!

After my two close encounters with gators last week, I have decided to take nonthreatening garden walks.  My favorite Miami garden, Fairchild Tropical Garden, was in full bloom.  Please enjoy!