Discover Lovers KEY: Gumbo limbo, anyone?

When I excitedly told a group of friends that I had encountered plenty of gumbo limbo at Lovers Key State Park, one woman piped up with a ques­tion. She mentioned that she loves plenty of seafood in her gumbo — is that how they make it at Lovers Key? More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Florida is home to two turkey subspecies

As the sun broke on the horizon, a thick-bodied bird drifted down from the trees overhead. Six more birds followed. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Organic wines: Easy on the Earth and your head

Some of us will care more than others that organic farming puts less strain on the environment. But everyone hates hangovers, and organic wine is less likely to make your head hurt. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Tech SAVVY: Social media – magic or madness?

Whether you use social media apps like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram or if you scoff at the all-consuming use, one thing is for certain. It is not going away anytime soon. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Conservancy CONNECTION: When the otters pop up, it’s showtime

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Shotwell Wavering Family Filter Marsh has become home to many animals. Fish abound, wading birds visit and feed, and reptiles and amphibians inhabit the marsh grasses. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

CORKSCREW SWAMP SIGHTINGS: Hurricanes drive ecosystem change

Hurricane Irma was an un­precedented storm that devastated our communities and will con­tinue to impact the lives of South­west Floridians for years to come. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

CONSERVANCY CONNECTION: Butterflies have evolved to survive severe storms

On any sunny day, visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will see a variety of but­terflies in flight. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

KORESHAN CLOSEUP: A river runs through it

The Estero River is a beautiful and peaceful waterway that links the village of Estero with the gorgeous Estero Bay. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

OUR BEST FRIENDS: Carina Noelle brings joy all year

Donna Riccio saw the puppy photo of Noelle, who looked like a little teddy bear, and fell in love. The love affair between the two became mutual after Riccio took her home to become the first pet Riccio and her spouse shared in 27 years of marriage. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

MIND & SOUL: Find, or be, a superhero

Who is your hero? We all look in life for role models and people who can inspire us, who we can look up to and model our lives after. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT: Going ‘Sideways’ to film location

As a wine geek whose favor­ite movies are “Bottleshock” and “Sideways,” I was thrilled to visit the area where the 2004 Acade­my award-winning movie “Side­ways” was filmed. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

Corkscrew Swamp Sightings: Corkscrew’s ‘super’ ghost orchid delights visitors

As the sunlight filtered through the cypress leaves above, the delicate white pet­als danced haphazardly in the gentle breeze. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Tech Savvy: Take better pictures with your iPhone

There are sometimes small differences between good photos and great photos. Here are a few easy steps to improve your iPhone photos. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Vineyard Spotlight: Don’t overlook Greek reds

I recently dined at the Capital Grille in the Mercato with a lovely woman from Greece. We didn’t talk about Plato, Socrates or the credit crisis. We talked about the wonderful – and sometimes underappreciated – wines of Greece. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:46 AM

Stop by and look at the lookdown

I am the first to admit that I have a hard time remembering the name of every fish on display at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center. More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

Negative thinking affects your brain

Are you a person who tends to have predominantly negative thoughts? Do you see a glass half full or half empty? More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

Club Meetings

If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

Clothes make the canine

Our Best Friends

Bow Tie Bernie, a petite Yorkiepoo, has a growing collection of more than 30 bow ties. He also had a wardrobe of sweaters in Cleveland. More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

An attitude of gratitude gives a boost to health

Being appreciative and thankful for what we have leads to increased happiness, satisfaction and optimism. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 03:00 PM

Zoe is her family’s first mate

Zoe, a tiny Maltese owned by Carol and Mickey Milove, has a title, “Fluffy First Mate” which is a little ironic considering she doesn’t like boating and is afraid of water. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 03:00 PM

Spring has sprung at Corkscrew Swamp

A light blanket of fog slowly begins to lift from the wet prairie north of the exit boardwalk on a spring morning. The calls and songs of songbirds start to fill the air. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:05 PM

Sisters go together like PB and J

Looking at puppy photographs on the internet in 2008, newlyweds Kara and Ryan Scofield did a double-take when one picture caught their attention. The puppies were strange-looking and hairless. Intrigued, the couple went to see them. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:05 PM

Club Meetings

If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:05 PM

Explore five ecosystems of Florida in one spot

Visitors to the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have the opportunity to walk across Florida in just half an hour. More...

Posted 4/11/2017 07:49 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 4/11/2017 07:49 PM

Club CALENDAR

Alligator Amblers Chapter of Florida Trail Association Meetings are held the third T More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Mind & SOUL: Hurricane Irma can be a path to personal growth

It is still hard to comprehend the devastating impact that Hurricane Irma has had on so many lives. The most obvious is the destruction of our properties. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Koreshan CLOSE-UP: An old-fashioned start to the holiday season

Kick off your holiday season off with the fun Florida winter wonderland of an old-fashioned holiday bazaar. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Bonita Nature PLACE: Lights, camera, action – again

Four years ago, the Bonita Nature Place was the chosen location for short films competing in the first Bonita Springs Short Film Festival. I so enjoyed seeing the many filmmakers creating their work within the Nature Place grounds. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Club Meetings

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Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Our Best FRIENDS: Father and daughter comfort and entertain

Margot and Bill Hill’s white Jack Russell terriers, Bing and his daughter, Cammy – short for Camellia – had their own “go pack” and were well-prepared to weather hurricane Irma, which occurred right after they rode back to Pelican Bay following a nor More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

TEE BOX TIPS: After Irma, we also saw the best of human nature

As you read this, I hope and pray that your life is back to a “good-normal” after the lingering effects of Hurricane Irma. Just as calamity can bring out the selfish­ness in some people, it can also shine a spotlight on the best of human nature. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT: Tire family broke new ground in California valley

The Firestone family built a fortune where the rubber meets the road, manufac­turing millions of tires for a growing nation of drivers. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

CORKSCREW SWAMP SIGHTINGS: Trail cameras track wildlife at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to a mean­dering boardwalk where visitors come to enjoy a peaceful stroll through old growth cypress and sight quintessential Florida wild­life from American alligators to zebra longwing butterflies. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

TECH SAVVY: Make your iPhone photos outstanding

Last month I shared some tips on how to take better iPhone pictures. (If you missed it, find it online at swspotlight.com.) This month we’ll cover edit­ing those photos to make them even better. Even the best photos can need a little help. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

Club Meetings

If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

Koreshan Closeup: A few hours makes a lasting impact

If you have ever enjoyed a memorable time at a Florida state park, you can most likely thank a volunteer. Florida state parks’ heart and soul come from the people who care for the expansive 800,000 acres spread among 174 parks. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Our Best Friends: Taser volunteers her medic alert services

Taser is full of life-saving surprises. The large black and tan German shepherd has warned owner Linda Lloyd’s mother twice that her oxygen supply was not connected. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Mind & Soul: Resilience can be built to better cope with hardships of life

There is no human being who does not experience challenges, stress or some kind of traumatic event: loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, financial stressors, health problems. These events and experiences shape us and challenge us. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:46 AM

Club Meetings

If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:46 AM

Rising and falling water levels change habitats at Corkscrew Swamp

As a spring conservation intern at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, I see the changes to the landscape that occur almost daily when I am performing boardwalk closing duties. More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

Most information on which we rely is stored in ‘the cloud’

We hear often that our files are stored “in the cloud.” But what is “the cloud”? You use it every day whether you know it or not. More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

Cool it with pinot grigio

Southwest Florida summers offer the perfect occasions for chilled white wine.  When temperatures climb into the 90s, or brush up against 100 degrees, my wine of choice is pinot grigio.  More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:55 PM

Club Calendar

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Posted 5/30/2017 03:00 PM

How safe is your credit card?

Credit card fraud amounted to $16 billion in the United States last year. The convenience of cards over cash has many benefits, but let’s take a few minutes to understand the risks in order to better protect your money.  More...

Posted 5/30/2017 03:00 PM

Pity the vegan

My wife and kids went vegan on me. As a wine lover, this hits especially hard. Sure, I love fruits, dark leafy greens, whole grains, beans and peas. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 03:00 PM

Visitors find flounder flatly fascinating

As visitors walk through the Florida ecosystems displayed at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, they encounter saltwater tanks containing various species of crabs, mollusks and fish. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:05 PM

GPS now is about the journey, too

There are two basic types of GPS most used today: in-car navigation (the kind that’s built into the dashboard), and smartphone apps (Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze). I’ve used them all extensively. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:05 PM

Don’t judge a wine by its label

Perhaps you’ve been told to avoid wines with birds or reptiles on the labels. Or with embossed labels, or strange or nasty names? I used to obey that rule. Not anymore. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:05 PM

Snicker had a secret

Our Best Friends

For five years, Darcy and John Ault believed their dog, Snicker, was a white goldendoodle. They purchased him from a breeder as a puppy, sent him to puppy school and have thoroughly enjoyed his loving disposition and intelligence over the years. More...

Posted 4/11/2017 07:49 PM