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Night sky at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve.
Bike & Hike, Birding, Central Florida, Photography

Shooting for the stars at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

Amateur astronomers love this place in the heart of Florida’s cow country. With 54,000 acres of wide-open prairie 25 miles from the nearest town, light pollution does not exist, making the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve one of a few destinations in Florida for stargazing under a pure night sky. The campground set aside for astronomers is known as β€œthe red light district.”

Shoreline of Blue Cypress Lake. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Birding, Central Florida, Fishing, Kayak & Canoe, Photography

Kayaking Blue Cypress Lake: Exceptional scenery, so many ospreys, near Yeehaw Junction

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Blue Cypress Lake near Yeehaw Junction. If that’s so, you’re missing a spectacular natural lake rimmed by old growth cypress trees and home to hundreds of ospreys and osprey nests. This lake is the headwaters of the mighty St. Johns River. What a great kayak destination!