Dunedin, FL and the surrounding areas continue to delight. I'm fortunate to have moved to a wonderful home only 50 yards from an entrance to the 100 acre Hammock Park and only a mile and half from the downtown village of Dunedin.

Friends of Hammock Park  describe the park: "'The Hammock' is an ancient 93-acre mixed-hardwood forest filled with more than 300 native species of trees, shrubs, ferns, wildflowers and small animals. In addition, over 100 species of birds and 45 species of butterflies inhabit the preserve throughout the year." I was lucky to capture this barred owl. Isn't she a beauty?

I have been hearing about the roseate spoonbills and seen them from a distance but this is my first opportunity seeing them up close. Look at this exquisite beauty!

This spoonbill uses its peculiar bill to strain small food from the water, using a rhythmic back and forth sweeping motion. Fascinating to watch!

I will likely feature the great egret time and again as I am intrigued by their elegant beauty. The egret hunts in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. 

This, too, is an egret that I've taken into the digital darkroom and used an inverse process to accentuate its gorgeous plumage.

As much as I love Hammock Park, there is so much more in the surrounding area to explore. The Dunedin Causeway boasts gorgeous and tranquil scenes of St. Joseph Sound sure to delight.

The causeway leads out to Honeymoon Island State Park. The park is 385 acres with 4 miles of pristine beach to wander.

St Joseph Sound is a peaceful area for paddle boarders, kayaks, sailboats, dolphins, and all manner of sea birds. 

Seven miles south of  Dunedin is the engaging beach town of Clearwater Beach which almost always lands in the top ten beaches in the US, often as the number one destination. Its beaches are pristine and its sunsets are stunning. I look forward to exploring here.

But Dunedin is where I choose to live for its commitment to nature, art, community, and sweet whimsy as exemplified by local favorite, Freddie.

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