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Michele
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FL🌞R🌴DA ~ A Native's Perspective Fishing Fool 🎣 Bird Nerd 🐦 Grouper Reuben Connoisseur 🐟 Bloody Mary Junkie πŸ… Admin: @Florida_Greatshots

Stories by @agingwithstyle

Who said Florida doesn't have seasons? We go scalloping every year in Hernando county which is quite a hike from where we are on our boat. However, this year the FWC extended the boundaries to Pasco county which starts just south of the sandbar you usually see in my weekend stories for a 10-day trial run 😊 Recreational harvesting in this area has been prohibited since 1994. Needless to say we headed out Saturday and Sunday (dodging some serious lightning) with our motto being "scallop until you've reached your limit or we run out of beer whichever comes first" πŸ˜‚ The waters were packed with boats as far as the eye could see. The little clip at the end of the video is of late Sunday afternoon and most of the boaters already left.....I'm assuming with maximum loot. The scallops were plentiful and large this season. It was so nice to be able to get them basically in my own backyard this year! . . #scallopseason  #scallops  #gulfcoast  #gulfofmexico  #boating  #lovefl  #purefl  #anclotekey  #pascocounty  #pascoscallopseason  #scalloping  #getoutside  #liveauthentic  #florida  #snorkeling  #livecoastlife  #staysaltyflorida  #saltlife  #hydrasports  #cleargram  #florida_greatshots  #summer  #roamflorida 

If your skin tone isn't at least two shades darker than it was a month ago, you are not doing summer right .🌞 . . #summer  #ig_captures  #ig_mood  #FLKeys  #sunset  #viewmysunset  #flstateofmind  #floridakeys  #instagram_florida  #splendid_horizon  #sky_captures  #islamoradatimes  #florida  #SimplyTheKeys  #sunshinestate  #sky  #lovefl  #waycoolshots  #jj_skylove  #rebel_sky  #onlyinflorida  #sunset_hub  #sky_perfection 

If you know me or have followed me on IG for awhile, you know that Chicago is my favorite band and Beginnings is my all time favorite song πŸ’™ It doesn't matter how many times I've seen this band, or hear this song...... I still get butterflies as soon as the first note is played 😊 . . Also, the opening act was REO Speedwagon (they were awesome too) taking me right back to my junior high school days when I wore out the cassette in my Sony Walkman playing Hi Infidelity πŸ˜‰ . . #chicago  #rockbandwithhorns  #summerconcert  #music  #ig_captures  #livemusic  #ig_moment 

I'm not sure I've totally emerged from my "Simon Cowell social media hiatus" just yet 🀣 BUT......we've had so much fun and really exciting things going on that some just needed to be shared. I also have missed seeing everyone's pictures and what summer adventures you've been up to and look forward to catching up.πŸ’™ . We have been spending nearly every weekend out on our boat and of course some quality sandbar time too πŸ˜‰πŸ». Trips down to the Keys, family, friends, concerts, mastering the perfect key lime martini, etc. and honestly have been too busy to pick up my camera. I've said it before, it's quite liberating to put your phone/camera down even if it's for a hot minute to take a break and just enjoy the moment and the people around you. 😊 . Now speaking of moments....we went offshore fishing several days over the past two weeks and on this particular day there were several pods of dolphins 🐬surrounding our boat. It's the most we've ever seen at one time, so playful and friendly 😍 This was about 15 miles past Veterans reef and about 30 miles offshore We also had several turtles around us as well. The last two videos were a school of bait fish and spades (such a beautiful fish 🐠) taken while free diving around the ledge of the reef.🐟 . There has been some interesting visitors that have been visiting my feeders as well, so I'll be posting stories about that. 🐣πŸ₯🐊. . I hope everyone is having an awesome summer!

Today was by far one of the best birding days locally I've had in a long time. Fort Desoto was full of migratory birds, several of them were firsts for me......including this beautiful Scarlet Tanager ❀ . . #scarlettanager  #bird  #birds  #eye_spy_birds  #exclusive_bird  #animazing_birds  #nature_wizards  #allmightybirds  #show_us_nature  #great_captures_nature  #florida  #planetbirds  #udog_feathers  #tgif_aviary  #igsc_wildlife  #ig_birdwatchers  #sassy_birds  #nature_brilliance  #snap_wildlife  #kings_birds  #waycoolshots  #ig_captures  #florida  #ig_captures  #nature_wizards 

Another one from the #backyardfiles . Early morning, late morning and around dusk I can usually predict the birds that will come to the feeders. Of course throughout the day I have the usual larger birds around the lakes and the golf course......but only on occasion do I actually see the namesake of our subdivision. So, imagine my surprise as this guy was circling around my yard πŸ’™ I'm typically not a huge fan of the raptors since a Cooper's Hawk swooped down last year and killed one of my doves right at my feeder 😒 but I must say this guy was quite impressive. . Taken March 5, 2018 while guarding my feeder....πŸ™ˆ

They say when you don't know where to start, start from the beginning. Since my little IG break so much has happened in my backyard this "winter/spring". A couple of years ago my neighbor swore up and down she had painted buntings come to her feeders. Needless to say since I'd never seen them (only once in Merritt Island), that she certainly must have had them confused with some other bird. Well, one morning at 9:38 to be exact Tom said "that little rainbow bird you're always talking about is in the backyard". He was on the ground underneath a random feeder we have in one of our oak trees. I was so nervous he was going to fly away before I ran back inside and grabbed my camera (hence, the wonky settings), but who cares about all that, I was so excited to have buntings in my yard! β€πŸ’™πŸ’› The female was much more present than the male almost on a daily basis for a couple of weeks. Swipe β¬… to see the female. . First spotted March 10, 2018 . #paintedbuntings  #mybackyardbirds  #birds  #eye_spy_birds  #bird_brilliance  #exclusive_bird  #animazing_birds  #nature_wizards  #allmightybirds  #show_us_nature  #great_captures_nature  #florida  #planetbirds  #udog_feathers  #tgif_aviary  #snap_wildlife  #kings_birds  #waycoolshots  #ig_captures  #birdsofinstagram  #nature_brilliance  #nuts_about_birds 

So......#turtletuesday ? It's been a while and I've missed you guys! But, it's also been extremely liberating to put my phone down (not gonna lie), never mind the amount of stuff I get done too πŸ˜‚ However, some things need to be shared. Like this guy 😍 There were so many huge green turtles that swam right past our boat today while we were out fishing. I hope everyone is having a great week and I'm looking forward to catching up πŸ’™. . #greenturtle  #floridakeys  #FLKeys  #SimplyTheKeys  #florida_greatshots  #mytinyatlas  #pureflorida  #hashtagflorida  #islamoradatimes  #nature_brilliance  #snap_wildlife  #marinelife  #floridabay  #seaturtle  #turtletuesday  #savetheturtles  #planetearth  #bethevoice  #worldnomads  #travelawesome  #itsamazingoutthere  #findyourcoast  #turtle  #natgeo