After a lifetime of living in urban and suburban sprawl, I chucked it all to move to the Florida Panhandle. I find Florida a beautiful, fascinating, and quirky place. I focus on northern and central Florida – both worlds apart from South Beach.
You might think that flamingoes would be Florida’s most popular lawn ornament, but here in the Panhandle, it’s all about the fake deer. This yard in Woodville features a family of fake deer by a windmill.
Apalachee pottery sits on a deer hide inside the Council House at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida. Apalachees lived alongside the Spanish here in the late 17th century.
An old boat named “Venezellos” sits in a lot behind a picket fence and a bench in downtown Apalachicola, Florida.
A peacock struts down an arbored path toward a conquistador statue. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, Florida.
A giant gator statue clenches a truck in its jaws while a man in safari gear rappels downward. The statue originally attracted tourists to the now-abandoned zoo in the background. Both Jungleland Zoo and its predecessor, Alligatorland Safari Zoo, closed due to animal welfare issues. Depsite the Gator Motel’s sign, the motel (not pictured) is actually located to the left. Kissimmee, Florida.
The Owl Cafe adds charm to Apalachicola, Florida’s downtown historic district.
At Tallahassee’s Downtown Market, a booth displays wooden lock boxes created with hardware from antique postal boxes.
A menacing gorilla statue wearing a gym outfit attempts to draw attention to event space for rent in Woodville, Florida.
A house peeks through thick woods in St. Augustine, Florida.
A fishing pier stretches out from Lafayette Park into Apalachicola Bay. Apalachicola, Florida.
A collection of animal skulls sits on a log bench in the Timucuan Village at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. The Timucuans inhabited this area of Florida when the Spanish landed in 1565 and founded St. Augustine, the oldest colony in the United States.
A road sign points at highway 98 in Carrabelle, designating it as a Florida Scenic Highway. In the background, fog wafts through pine trees.