Brittany and I are awaiting our bundle of joy!!! What a life changing event the birth of my daughter will be. I can hardly wait. <3>>>~~R.E.M~~~>>>~~~~~~~~~~>>>>~~~~~~~~~~~>>>>
Friday, November 12, 2010
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I have some new additions to my life...my gorgeous fiance Brittany and our little dachshund Bella. We live in a beautiful home in P-town. We spend a lot of time with each other and it's great. We also love having people over, throwing BBQ's, trying new restaurants, traveling, shopping, and watching TV.
My fiance is an accountant and is talented in so many ways. She is my soulmate and that is why I want to spend the rest of my life with her. She is truly one of a kind and I love her to death.
She recently started her own company, JUST B CREATIVE, for personalized gifts and hand-painted party favors...she's a great artist!!!
We are getting married at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale in 2010. We are both very excited. Here are some pictures of us hanging out at the pool at The W Hotel
It's going to be a grand affair. Brittany is going to be a beautiful bride. She is not only gorgeous, she is also smart, fashionable, and very funny. She makes me laugh daily.
We have been doing a lot of planning lately so we are both very busy...but then again we always reserve time to just sit on the couch and be lazy.
I also started a new job last month. I work for a private sector Environmental consulting company named Scheda environmental, which contracts out to the South Florida Water Management District. I am still doing research out in the Everglades though. I will have to post some pictures from out there soon if I have time.
My life has never been better. I have all that I want and need. Brittany is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love her very much.
BIlly Loves Brittany 637
Friday, December 29, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Spring Break in Georgia
This months’ adventure took place in the southern temperate forests of Georgia. Although in the title I stated it was my spring break, and indeed I was off from work and school, the weather was still not quite like typical spring. For a Floridian like me it was still a little cold there, dipping down into the high thirties one night. Building a camp fire was one of the most enjoyable activities, not only because I may be a pyromaniac but because the warmth generated from the fire felt quite pleasant.
Another lovely place that was visited was the creek that ran through the 3100 acres of land that my friends are leasing. It was not running fast, but it was running, and the animal tracks up and down the banks showed that the water source was essential for sustaining the local habitat.
Mostly deer, raccoon and turkey tracks were seen. As we were looking for good sites to erect tree stands I came across a small rat snake and also a couple of armadillos. On a trip to the small town we saw a couple of hen Turkey and a male Gobbler pecking at some seed in a field.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Boa Constrictor Found in Florida Everglades
This Boa sighting and capture in the Florida Everglades was amazing. At almost 9 ft long she was a handful. I am lucky she did not wrap one of those muscular coils around me; sending me to bed . These snakes are native to South and Central America (indicated by the green below) and are an exotic species here in Florida.
I have always loved Boa constrictors, and even had a few individuals as an adolescent. Although, this is not the first time I have caught them in the wilds of sunny South Florida. The first time I was merely 13 years old and my friends and I came across 6 - 8 very small individuals lying in some grasses along a canal in Davie, Fl. At that time we assumed that the snakes were released by some irresponsible care-taker. But as I look back on that scenario, I can now envision the mother of those snakes not far off the side of the road sitting still in a nearby Australian Pine, which I would like to add is also an invasive species here in Florida, waiting in complete stillness for an unknowing song bird to come within striking distance.
It is hard to fathom a sighting of a Boa Constrictor in the Everglades, perhaps I thought I would see a Burmese python or Reticulated python due to the fact that sightings have already been confirmed. I am asked very frequently if I come across many Burmese pythons as I survey the Everglades tree islands in Water conservation areas 3A and 3B in Broward, Dade, and Monroe counties. I suppose people think their are very large numbers of pythons out in the glades, because that is what makes the news. I have been on many Tree islands and this is the first time I have seen a large constrictor or rather any constrictors, besides the 6 foot Yellow Rat snake I came across a couple of months ago.
Needless to say, it is definitely a problem. This particular individual was so large and fat that I suspect it had been eating very well. The numbers of native water fowl and song birds it had eaten since the time of its release is most likely very high. This is a serious problem for the ecology of the Everglades. There are no natural enemies to these invasive exotic snakes and therefore a quite detrimental situation arises. Thanks to my co-worker and friend Craig we were able to remove it from the Glades where it had no business being; even though it looked so content sitting there on its own private island.
Be careful she bites. I guess if someone took me away from my personal heaven, full of all the food I could eat, all the sun I could soak up, and all the water I could drink I would be mad too.
No hard feelings!
Check out more about Boa Constrictors at www.boa-constrictors.com
Friday, February 10, 2006
March 1, 1954, after the native islanders were evacuated and told that they soon would be able to return, the bomb was detonated. The radioactive particles were supposed to carry with the wind out to sea and away from the inhabited islands, but a tasteless mistake was made. Years later after returning to their once pristine island homes the natives of this region were still feeling the effects of this experimentation. So once again the islanders left the island atolls not only leaving their culture, but also their heritage to forever blow in the wind like palm tree fronds.
Friday, January 27, 2006
The days are flying by and I have many things on my plate. From school, to my three jobs, and loads of HW and reading I have little spare time. I have so much I want to do and so little time.
I find the Everglades and all natural areas quite soothing to the soul. I need to let my soul catch up to my body on occasion, so I often take a look at art or I either draw myself. One photographer I like to keep up with is Clyde Butcher. His compelling black and white photographs show the Everglades, and many other complex ecosystems, with great detail. I met him at his annual Labor Day Muck About Gathering in 2005 while I was volunteering my time, giving tours in the Big Cypress area of the FLorida Everglades.
Taking pictures is quite relaxing, but I have boxes upon boxes of pictures at this moment that have not found their place in an album or on some ones wall. Take a look at these pictures from Clyde Butcher or check out his webpage at www.clydebutcher.com