Farewell to Florida

Naomi and I have has a wonderful year in the Sunshine State, also known as the land of the mouse—Disney World in Orlando is actually where those clouds are. Please visit us again to see where our adventure takes us next. Click on the image for a larger view.

Thunderhead

The weather has been very unstable in Florida. This thunderhead developed over our house this week, but did not develop into a storm. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Retention Ponds

Florida is a giant sand bar. You need not dig very deep before hitting water. This presents problems with construction as roads and buildings make surfaces impervious to rain, causing a flooding hazard from runoff. Retention ponds are dug to mitigate flooding from development. While natural lakes in Florida are shallow, retention ponds are deep, penetrating the ground 40 or 50 feet. But, because of the high water table, these ponds need to be pumped while under construction. In the woods to the left of the image is a temporary holding pond. Click on the image for a larger view.

View from the Goldfish Bowl

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