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September in Camp Florida #2

As Autumn arrives, so do friends–some old and some new. The temperatures start to drop (VERY slowly), and the weather threatens to cause chaos. And through it all, Camp Florida keeps providing enjoyment for all who are here.

Hurricanes are a part of living in Florida. Ian has us making preparations for possible storm damage, and our incredible management and maintenance team are making sure we are ready. (Thank you, John, Patti, Carlos, Jesus and Victor!) Neighbors are helping neighbors. Volunteers are pitching in. It’s the Camp Florida way! It’s great to know that we can get through times like this together! We are hoping for the best, but preparing for whatever may happen.

Nature continues to impress! Birds can be seen all over our little corner of the world, and wildflowers add beauty for our enjoyment. Don’t forget the insects (although most of us would like to forget the mosquitoes and fire ants that seem to increase in numbers at this time of the year)!

Bees can be seen “puddling” on the pool deck. They need water, just like we do, and they often stop by and gather up some of the water that drips from our bodies as we leave the pool. They gather water and take it back to their hive to provide for the worker bees there. Just be careful where you step! The bees will appreciate you!

As September begins to draw to a close, we can all be grateful for the wonders of Camp Florida–not just the amazing nature that surrounds us, but our amazing staff and neighbors! Stay safe, everyone! And, those of you who are still up North, please keep CF in your thoughts. We will see you soon!

September in Camp Florida #1

No matter the season, month, or the time of day, there is always something to see or do in CF!

Saturday afternoon fun!

Monday afternoon Nickels!

Incredible sunsets!

Nature everywhere!

Photos from Our Neighbors

When we put together this site, we added a page for Camp Florida Beauty and hoped that we would get lots of photos of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Well, we have started to get some photos, and they are amazing! The only problem is, our website pages don’t notify our followers when there are new photos. So, we have created this blog, and we encourage everyone to follow it so they can be notified when we post new photos taken by our friends and neighbors.

These beautiful photos below were taken by Tom Scott, who graciously gave his permission for us to share them here!

Easter Lily Cactus photos courtesy of Sue Govelitz and Diane Sprague.

Firespike, or Firebush, is a wildflower native to Florida, and a favorite of Hummingbirds. Take care, though…as beautiful as they are, they are poisonous to dogs–so make sure your furry friends don’t eat any part of these beautiful shrubs. This photo was taken at the request of one of our neighbors!
Swallow-tailed Kite – photo courtesy of Jim Holmes
Our resident bobcat in the “light of day” – Photo courtesy of Jim Holmes

We have also received a new photo today that is of a different kind of Camp Florida beauty! It’s a photo of the group that showed up to play Pickleball this morning (January 27, 2022)! Dave Shoemaker says this is a great game growing in popularity with retirees!

Another beautiful photo from Jeff Furash–The full moon over the lake on the night of January 17!
Another great photo from Jeff Furash. This one was taken on January 13 when both he and one of the eagles watched the Spacex launch!
This amazing photo taken by Jeff Furash just has to take center stage today! He captured the incredible beauty of Liberty (the female Bald Eagle) in flight over the lake. Thank you for sharing this, Jeff!

Here are some beautiful sunset photos taken on Grassy Lake by Dave Shoemaker!

Another beautiful sunset photo–this one taken at the gate by Jeanine Bieber Keenan.