November 3, 2014No Comments

Florida Coast – Sunset at Naples Beach

Sunset along the beaches of Naples, Florida
I went through my long list of blog posts and deleted a lot of my early posts where there wasn't much substance. However, hidden within these posts were a few sunset gems. I decided I would take all these shots and place them into their own post.
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December 3, 2012No Comments

Kayaking Florida – Turner River, Everglades (Round 2)

Kayaking Turner River in the Florida Everglades

Back in February, before moving out to the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to make one more kayak run down the Turner River. So I loaded up the car the night before and made it down to the kayak launch at first light.

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November 22, 20122 Comments

Hiking Florida – Flamingo, Everglades National Park

Hiking Flamingo Trail in the Everglades National Park

One Thanksgiving, when I was visiting my family in South East Florida, I decided I would make a side trip and head down to Flamingo in the Everglades National Park. The last time I had been to the park was when I was a small child. So knowing I would be moving to the Pacific Northwest soon, I wanted to check things out one last time while it was still convenient.

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May 21, 20127 Comments

Swamp Walk – Gator Hook Trail, Everglades, FL

Swamp Walk – Gator Hook Trail, Everglades, FL

Coming off my high from the swamp walk I had the week before at Sweetwater Strand. I decided I would do a mix hike/swamp walk and tackle the infamous Gator Hook Trail out on Loop Road. This roughly five mile trek can be either adventurous or very adventurous depending on how "deep" you want to get. I was all geared up for the long haul, so extra deep it is.

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May 7, 20121 Comment

Swamp Walk – Sweetwater Strand, Loop Road, Everglades, FL

Swamp Walk – Sweetwater Strand, Loop Road, Everglades, FL

After my tiny taste of swamp walking back in the Okaloacoochee Slough, I was itching to get some serious swamping in. Having passed by the location once before, I decided my first real swamp walk was to be held in the Sweetwater Strand off of Loop Road.

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May 2, 2012No Comments

Back Streets of Downtown Naples, FL

Photos from the back alleys around downtown Naples

Previously on nickbotner.com, well not previously, but a few posts back I posted a black and white collection of photos from the back alleys of Naples Florida. This posting is from the same collection, however this time it's in full color.

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April 30, 2012No Comments

Florida Coast – Birds of Tigertail Beach, Marco Island

Birds of Tigertail Beach - Marco Island, FL

Early one morning, trying to figure out where I should go shooting,  I decided I would head down to Marco Island and check out Tigertail Beach. Growing up as a kid on Marco Island, I spent a lot of time at Tigertail. And from what I remembered about the beach, it had some interesting shoreline and waterways.  Perfect conditions for shorebirds and wading birds.

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April 23, 2012No Comments

Kayaking Florida – Rookery Bay, Naples (Round 2)

Kayaking Rookery Bay – Naples, FL

Early one Sunday morning I packed up the gear and set my sights on kayaking from Rookery Bay all the way up to Sand Hill Bay and back. With cameras in tow, here are the images I was able to capture.

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April 16, 2012No Comments

Florida Coast – Birds of Naples Beach (Round 3)

Birds of Naples Beach

More photos of shore and wading birds from the lovely Naples, Florida.

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January 25, 201222 Comments

Janes Scenic Drive – Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, FL

Janes Scenic Drive - Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, FL

In the heart of the Everglades, off of State Road 29, there is an old dirt road called "Jane's Memorial Scenic Drive".  Stretching 11 miles, this road runs through the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and ends at the edge of the the Picayune Strand State Forest, the site of the now infamous "Swampland in Florida" scam.

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January 10, 20122 Comments

Hiking Florida – Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest

Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, FL

Woke up early one Saturday morning and decided to pick a place on the map I have never been, load up some camera gear and go for a drive. I ended up in the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, on the Mustang Loop trail in Hendry County, Florida.

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October 31, 20112 Comments

Back Streets of Downtown Naples, FL (Black & White Edition)

Black and white photos of historic downtown Naples, Florida

At the time of this post I live in Downtown Naples, FL. With all the redevelopment, it's not very historic any more. However, there are still a few alleys headed down to the beach that hold a bit of history. Every now and then I take the time to walk down these alleys and enjoy the unseen quaintness they have to offer. This gallery is a collection of my favorite photos (converted to black and white) from these back alleys and associated side streets.

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October 10, 20115 Comments

Kayaking Floirda – Estero River, Estero

Kayaking Estero River, Estero FL

One of the kayaking gems of South West Florida, Estero River. Join me as I kayak all the way up the river and then head back out into the Gulf of Mexico and loop around Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Wow, that really sounded like I was introducing a TV spot. Ok, let's get back to the Yakin!

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October 3, 2011No Comments

Hiking Florida – Collier-Seminole State Park (3.5mi Trail)

Hiking Florida - Collier-Seminole State Park

When you visit Collier-Seminole State Park, there are three trails for you to choose from. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. This trail, the 3.5 mile trail is the intermediate trail. It's great to hike down, and even easier to bike through.

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September 30, 20112 Comments

Keewaydin Island at Sunrise

Sunrise Shore Breaks

One morning I headed out to Keewaydin Island by Kayak. As I sat there on the kayak with the rising sun behind me I noticed how nicely it warmed up the breaking waves. So I spent a bit of time with the telephoto trying to capture the moment.

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September 23, 20112 Comments

Hiking Florida – Ten Thousand Islands NWR

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Heading south on Tamiami Trail (41) just a few miles past Collier-Seminole State Park is a little access point called the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The trail has been there for a little while, however recently they have made it more accessible with a parking lot, new signs, and a small lookout tower. I took a quick stop one day to see what it was all about.

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March 31, 20114 Comments

Kayaking Florida – Keewaydin Island, Naples (Round 2)

Kayaking – Keewaydin Island, Naples FL

For my birthday I wanted to hop in the yak and head down to Keewaydin for some early morning photography and beach combing.

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March 29, 20111 Comment

Kayaking Florida – Myakka River State Park

Kayaking Myakka River State Park

Last fall I decided to pack up the kayak and spend a weekend camping in Myakka River State Park. I remember spending a few Easters up there with the family and figured I would see how things have changed in the past 20 years since I last visited.

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March 25, 20112 Comments

Kayaking Florida – Blackwater River, Collier-Seminole State Park

Kayaking Blackwater River - Collier-Seminole State Park

As a child, I remember my family taking me to Collier Seminole State Park on a few occasions. One visit my Father rented a canoe and we paddled down Blackwater River as far as Mud Bay before it was time to turn around. That was so long ago, so I don't really remember much past that.

Here is what one of the park websites have to say about the State Park:

"The park overlaps the northern edge of the great mangrove swamp of southwestern Florida, and the southern edge of the Big Cypress Swamp. The park is the meeting place of the land and the sea, fresh water and salt water, and tropical and temperate zone vegetation. Because of this blending, a great diversity of plants and interesting wildlife are found here."
- www.explorenaples.com

Having already documented the parks three walking trails, I figured it was about time to load up the yak and see how the ole canoe trail was holding up.

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March 7, 20113 Comments

Kayaking Florida – Keewaydin Island, Naples

Kayaking – Keewaydin Island, Naples FL

I launched my Kayak from beaches of Port Royal and headed south, once again, to the barrier island of Keewaydin.

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November 15, 2010No Comments

Florida Coast – Birds of Naples Beach (Round 2)

Coastal Birds on the Beaches of Naples Florida

A few shore birds from one of my visits down to the beach during sunset. This Tri-colored Heron hunts for minnows on the shore break.

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December 16, 2009No Comments

Kayaking Florida – Rookery Bay, Naples

Kayaking – Rookery Bay, Naples FL

Having finally scored a Hobie Mirage Outback SUV kayak off of CraigsList, and equipped my car with Yakima roof rack system, I woke up at the but-crack of dawn and set out for Rookery Bay.

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December 10, 2009No Comments

Canoeing Florida – Turner River, Everglades

Canoeing down the Turner River in the Florida Everglades

If you have lived any portion of your life in Florida, chances are you have been canoeing or kayaking. It is without a doubt on of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to get in touch with mother nature. The ability to to work as a team and slip stealthy down the waterway brings all of your surroundings that much closer.

I grew up as a Boy Scout, attended summer camps (focusing on nature and marine biology), and even has a family who demanded every Sunday be...well...family day. And those days were usually spent exploring the vast wildernesses of Florida. Needless to say, I have done my fair share of canoeing. However, it had been far too long since my last dip into the Florida streams.

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December 4, 20091 Comment

Hiking Florida – Kirby Storter Boardwalk, Everglades

Kirby Storter Boardwalk, Florida Everglades

I was headed down to the Keys for the 4th of July and took the beautiful Tamiami Trail over. It had been a few years since I've driven all the way across. So needless to say I was a little intrigued when I passed what appeared to be a new (to me) boardwalk called Kirby Shorter.

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November 3, 20091 Comment

Kayaking Florida – Keewaydin Island (B&W Edition)

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Last month I took a kayak trip out to one of the barrier islands here in Naples, Florida called Keewaydin. I was able to get out there shortly after sunrise and find some decent shots. The warm light and high contrast made for some lovely black and white imagery.

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September 9, 20092 Comments

Florida Coast – Birds of Naples Beach (Round 1)

Coastal Birds of Naples Florida

There were an amazing amount of birds on the beach this day. This was shot with the 70-200 L. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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September 7, 20095 Comments

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a curious place. Located on Sanibel Island, Florida, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding area. For those that have never been to Sanibel, one of the main things to do is rent or bring your own bicycle. With bike paths along most of the major parts of the island, it's quite the friendly place for the recreational cyclist. Basically a nice easy way to tour the island, and the wildlife refuge is no different.

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July 12, 20091 Comment

Hiking Florida – Old Briggs Nature Center, Naples

The Conservancy at Briggs Nature Center

Located between Naples and Marco Island lies the 9,200-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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July 6, 20092 Comments

Hiking Florida – Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, Everglades

Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is a 2000 ft boardwalk through the Fakahatchee Strand.

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