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My Journey Through Florida

Updated on March 29, 2016
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Anna wears many hats: writer, mother, crafter. Over the years, she has found what works and what doesn't for herself and her family.

I have really enjoyed my time living in Florida, and I am so grateful that I am still here. My journey is ongoing, so the content here may change or grow over time. The amazing range of beauty that Florida has to offer is so vast, that it might be hard to cover it all. The true beauty is hard to capture through my camera alone, but I did my best. All of the photos in this hub were taken by me over the course of my time here. From sunrise on the beach, to a favorite fishing spot, so much of Florida is at my fingertips and in my memory. I thought it would be nice to share some of that beauty with everyone. It is wonderful living here, and I hope to share many more memories and beautiful images with the world.

Florida Has Great Beaches

Sunrise at the beach is truly beautiful. On the ocean side of Florida, the sunrises are fantastic.  I often walk along the beach, early in the morning, watching the sun come up, collecting shells with my daughter, taking pictures.    photo by AMB
Sunrise at the beach is truly beautiful. On the ocean side of Florida, the sunrises are fantastic. I often walk along the beach, early in the morning, watching the sun come up, collecting shells with my daughter, taking pictures. photo by AMB
Such beautiful beaches The sunshine, the surf, the rolling sound of the waves...it really is a wonderful place.  photo by AMB
Such beautiful beaches The sunshine, the surf, the rolling sound of the waves...it really is a wonderful place. photo by AMB
The gentle waves on the river.  Even the river offered so much.  I saw dolphins, manatees, stingrays, and so much more. photo by AMB
The gentle waves on the river. Even the river offered so much. I saw dolphins, manatees, stingrays, and so much more. photo by AMB
Birds on the beach.  The variety of birds wandering along the shore offered a lot of amusement, and a lot of opportunities to take pictures.  photo by AMB
Birds on the beach. The variety of birds wandering along the shore offered a lot of amusement, and a lot of opportunities to take pictures. photo by AMB
Walkway to the beach.  With a view like this, who would want to leave?  I have so many great memories of Florida, and pictures like this capture it so perfectly. photo by AMB
Walkway to the beach. With a view like this, who would want to leave? I have so many great memories of Florida, and pictures like this capture it so perfectly. photo by AMB
Weathered boardwalk to the beach.  There is such peace to be found staring out at the ocean.  The size of it all, the sounds of the waves, and the beauty of it, it just gives a person a sense of peace.  Everyone should experience it. photo by AMB
Weathered boardwalk to the beach. There is such peace to be found staring out at the ocean. The size of it all, the sounds of the waves, and the beauty of it, it just gives a person a sense of peace. Everyone should experience it. photo by AMB

I have lived in Florida for several years now. The beach is always a favorite place for our family to visit. We have been all over, from right near our house, to West Palm Beach, to St. Petersburg and Venice, out on the Gulf Coast. We have even been fortunate enough to take a trip down to The Keys! I loved it down there, and can't wait to go back! I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of what Florida had to offer, and know that there is still so much more to see. So much beauty, so much more than I would have ever thought. Florida is more than just palm trees and beaches, though. Florida is full of amazing beauty almost everywhere you look, even in my own backyard.

There is also Disney World.  A truly treasured memory from my childhood was going to Disney World and another treasured memory was taking my daughter there, so that she could experience it as well.  Cinderella's Castle is an iconic image photo by AMB
There is also Disney World. A truly treasured memory from my childhood was going to Disney World and another treasured memory was taking my daughter there, so that she could experience it as well. Cinderella's Castle is an iconic image photo by AMB
Moth caught mid-flight.  Even the simplest things can remind you of the true beauty of the world around you. I caught this by accident in my in-law's backyard. photo by AMB
Moth caught mid-flight. Even the simplest things can remind you of the true beauty of the world around you. I caught this by accident in my in-law's backyard. photo by AMB
Fishing pier.  This is a favorite place to fish for a lot of people in my area of Florida.  The view of the pier caught me, and I had to take this.  photo by AMB
Fishing pier. This is a favorite place to fish for a lot of people in my area of Florida. The view of the pier caught me, and I had to take this. photo by AMB
Fishing pier.  The pier had it's own rustic beauty that I had to try to capture.   photo by AMB
Fishing pier. The pier had it's own rustic beauty that I had to try to capture. photo by AMB
Gorgeous Spanish Moss.  This was taken at Turkey Creek Sanctuary.  It is a gorgeous place to go for a walk, enjoy nature, or have a picnic.   photo by AMB
Gorgeous Spanish Moss. This was taken at Turkey Creek Sanctuary. It is a gorgeous place to go for a walk, enjoy nature, or have a picnic. photo by AMB
Florida is great for fishing.  I took this mostly because I was bored.  Fishing wasn't going so great, but I got a great photo out of it. photo by AMB
Florida is great for fishing. I took this mostly because I was bored. Fishing wasn't going so great, but I got a great photo out of it. photo by AMB
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. I took this one on a trip out to St. Petersburg.  The bridge was just so beautiful all on its own.  It was fun, because pelicans would fly alongside your car. photo by AMB
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. I took this one on a trip out to St. Petersburg. The bridge was just so beautiful all on its own. It was fun, because pelicans would fly alongside your car. photo by AMB

Wildlife

Even a trip to the farm can be an amazing photo opportunity. This beautiful rooster was just wandering around. I had to take a picture. photo by AMB
Even a trip to the farm can be an amazing photo opportunity. This beautiful rooster was just wandering around. I had to take a picture. photo by AMB
One of the most amazing experiences was seeing a nest of sea turtles hatching!! The usually hatch at night, so this was a special experience. This little guy seemed to be saying hi! photo by AMB
One of the most amazing experiences was seeing a nest of sea turtles hatching!! The usually hatch at night, so this was a special experience. This little guy seemed to be saying hi! photo by AMB
Starfish in a bucket. I just love the color of this one. The way the color of the bucket just infused the whole photo with light and color. photo by AMB
Starfish in a bucket. I just love the color of this one. The way the color of the bucket just infused the whole photo with light and color. photo by AMB
The beautiful flamingos at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach!  Even though they are incredibly rare to find in the wild down here, they are still heavily associated with Florida. photo by AMB
The beautiful flamingos at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach! Even though they are incredibly rare to find in the wild down here, they are still heavily associated with Florida. photo by AMB
Beautiful giraffe at Lion Country Safari. Yes, I know, not native to Florida in the slightest, but still incredible. photo by AMB
Beautiful giraffe at Lion Country Safari. Yes, I know, not native to Florida in the slightest, but still incredible. photo by AMB

© 2011 Anna Marie Bowman

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    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      4 years ago from Florida

      llona1--Thank you so much! I do feel lucky to live here!!

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      Ilona 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      Interesting photos, lucky you to live in Florida! I like that many of the photos show an unusual perspective.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Peg--Thank you. I wish I had more to add to it, but being so busy with the baby, I don't get out to take pictures as much as I would like, anymore.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This photo essay really made me miss my native state of Florida. You've captured so many of the beautiful scenes here.

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      7 years ago from Florida

      SubRon-- Thank you!! I think I want to add a few...maybe some more text...still not happy with this one...never done a photo gallery before...

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      James W. Nelson 

      7 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Nice photos, Anna Marie, thanks!

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