When I am not shooting photos for The Sandbox News, I enjoy photographing Florida’s natural beauty. Here are some of the photos I took during a recent trip to McGough Nature Park in Largo.
The park is located on the border of Largo and Indian Rocks Beach off of Walsingham Road. It is home to many varieties of turtles, including alligator snappers, Florida softshell turtles, and Florida box turtles. The park also has several injured birds in its care, among them hawks, and owls, with a vulture coming soon according to one park employee. There is a bit of SPC history tied up in all this. Four years ago the park’s great horned owl’s cage was opened by vandals. The bird’s caretaker was a student at St. Petersburg College, and cut classes to try to help the bird. The owl and his friend will be the subject of children’s film made right in McGough. I love going to down to the park to relax, it’s like taking a vacation without leaving my neighborhood.
As you can see in the pictures, sometimes the park comes to me. I have had turtles, snakes, hawks and vultures in the yard at one time or another in the past few years. They are good neighbors, and make a lot less noise than the kid with the drum kit across the street. If you enjoy this sort of thing, feel free to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or G+ where I post photos regularly. Better yet, make a new year’s resolution to share your photos, stories and poems with your student newspaper. Our Out of the Sandbox section is available for the creative work of all SPC students, faculty and staff, you can find our guidelines here.
Originally published on Jan. 13, 2015.