Tuesday, June 10, 2014
100 Reasons Why I Love Southwest Florida
100 Reasons Why I Love SW Florida
For those of you who have 'followed' me for awhile, you know that over the years I have been a much more active blogger than this past year or so...Blogging is easy when you're going through an economic downturn, but when you're busy selling, who has the time? Well, I know I've said this before, but I am really going to try to post more often. Recently someone told me I should start a Naples Photo Blog--this person didn't even know that photography is a hobby and one of my most favorite creative outlets...I am taking it into consideration as I regroup and re prioritize all my Internet marketing, social media campaigns, and blogging opportunities. The suggestion did however give me the push I needed to come up with an idea that I think will give me countless topics to write about on my Naples Real Estate blog: 100 Reasons Why I Love Southwest Florida! I take beautiful photos around Naples all the time...why not write about what I love? So today, I begin with reason #1...or perhaps it is reason #100, and I should work my way backwards? Hmmmm....no, I think I will start at #1 and progress from there. In the course of the week, I will continue to write about new listings, rental opportunities and select vendors, as well as other real estate related posts, but mixing it up with some of the things I love about Naples, along with pictures, will I hope create some new followers, an increase in engagement, and more interest in my blog. Here goes.........
Reason #1 Why I Love Southwest Florida: Loggerhead Turtles
This past weekend, Chip & I went boating south of Naples off Marco Island, near Coconut Island. The natural wildlife we saw was magnificent, but the two sea turtles that surfaced near us throughout the day left us in awe of the beauty of where we live! [click picture to enlarge]
There maybe more, but I know of three common Florida Sea Turtle species: The Loggerhead, the Green Turtle, and the Leatherback. The loggerhead we witnessed on Sunday had to be over 3' long! I would guess his large head was nearly a foot itself! This is the time of year when adults return to their "nesting beach" [the place of their birth] and lay eggs [approximately 100] which take about 60 days to incubate. The nests are taped off and protected, and beach goers are very aware of them and respectful. Keep in mind, these turtles have come to Florida's shores for thousands of years. The coastal habitats were theirs long before we all arrived. We can actively help in many ways to preserve nests. For one, please remember to turn off all lights along the beach after dark---when turtles hatch, they instinctively travel towards the reflection of the moonlight on the water--Many get disoriented when they see the lights coming from the condos along the beach. Also, it is very important to clean up after yourself when visiting the beach. Plastic is deadly in the turtle's world...Did you know you can 'Adopt-A-Turtle? Check out the Sea Turtle Conservancy for details. It is hard to imagine that only one in 1,000 survives to adulthood! This makes our experience on Sunday even more awesome!
If you have any ideas of what you would like me to include in my Top 100 List, please let me know! I think this will be lots of fun!
Thank you as always for reading my blog. Make it a GREAT day,
The Naples Real Estate Blogger