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Smyrna Dunes Park

On Christmas Eve 2018, I got off work early and wanted to go somewhere new so I ended up at Smyrna Dunes Park.   The address for Smyrna Dunes Park is 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach and it is open from sunrise to sunset.  The cost is $10 to enter the park or $20 for an annual pass which I recommend.  For more  information on the park visit the website at https://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/coastal-division/coastal-parks/smyrna-dunes-park.stml.

I got lucky, it was a really beautiful sunny day but not too hot or cold.  It wasn’t windy either so I go some wonderful shots of birds and their reflections.   Getting to the beach is a bit of a hike, you have to walk on a long, long boardwalk.   It does the give the park an isolated feel.   Across the Ponce de Leon Inlet you can see Light House Point Park, you see my post about it here https://lilsusieq.com/lighthouse-point-park/.

I made a short video of the park from the boardwalk.   Gives you bit of idea of how isolated it is and the long walk to get the beach.   The link to the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njp0dh55O6k&feature=youtu.be.

First set of pictures are of the entrance to the park, some of the signs and the boardwalk.  From across the Ponce de Leon Inlet you can see Light House Point Park and the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.   Smyrna Dunes Park is a dog park and I saw quite a few people walk their fur babies. 

 

Second set of photos are from the beach.  There people were fishing off the rocks.   The weather was really nice but it was to cold for swimming and I didn’t see anyone in the water.   I guess that could have been due the date, it was Christmas Eve.   There were lots of birds out and I got some great shots.  I love the photos of the birds with their reflections.  Some pelicans fishing for dinner and an osprey flying overhead.  The was a parasailing boat across the Ponce de Leon Inlet over at Light House Point Park.  I would really like to go parasailing, it looks life fun.

 

Finally, the last two photos are of the sunset.  I took these as I was walking back to the car.

 

Remember: Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints

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Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

I always have a great time at the Lukas Nursery Butterfly & Bird Encounter, in Oviedo, Florida.   It is a really large garden supplies center and they sell tons of plants, flowers, trees, garden sculptures and just about anything else needed for gardening.  When I go, I don’t actually go gardening supplies, I go to see butterflies and insects. The Butterfly & Bird Encounter is a very hot house with plants and lot of butterflies.   For more information about Lukas Nursery visit https://lukasnursery.com/ the Butterfly & Bird Encounter is https://lukasnursery.com/butterfly-encounter/.

First set of photos is of the Lukas Nursery and the outside of the Butterfly & Bird Encounter.    The place is really huge, my pictures don’t show how big it is.   The entrance to the Butterfly & Bird Encounter is through the Gift Shop.  They also have chickens and horses on the property.  I can spend a whole afternoon walking around taking photos.

 

Second set of photos is from the inside of the Butterfly & Bird Encounter.   From what I was told, butterflies don’t seem to like cold weather and you are more likely to see them in the spring or summer.   Inside the encounter it is very humid, after spending an hour I usually end up sweating buckets.   The encounter also has little birds and you can see them fluttering all over the place.   There is Gatorade provided and you can feed some of the butterflies if you like. 

 

Third set of photos are of some of the butterflies, moth and caterpillars to be seen inside the encounter.   The have signs warning you not to steal the caterpillars, maybe people have been tempted.   The butterflies are really beautiful and fun to photograph.    They don’t really stay still long so you have to be patient and quick to shoot them.  There were so many beautiful shots that it was had to choose which to post so I have another blog post of more of the butterflies at https://lilsusieq.com/butterflies-and-flowers-at-lukas-nursery/.