Kayak Fox Lake in Titusville Florida

Posted by Dean Pettit on 27. March 2013 with No Comments

Fox LakeFox Lake is a little known, but beautiful kayaking spot accessible from the boat ramp at Fox Lake Park in Titusville Florida. Except for the park, the shoreline of Fox Lake is undeveloped and bordered along the western edge by the Fox Lake Sanctuary, a recent 2,800 acre purchase by the Brevard county Environmentally Endangered lands program (Should be opening to the public in Spring of 2013).

From the boat ramp, paddling north along the western edge takes you a small creek the extends a few hundred yards back into the wetlands, while paddling to the north east from the ramp around the point then north will take you to the mouth af a canal of about one mile in length leading to South Lake. South Lake is a larger lake than fox lake and can get choppy in windy conditions, but by following the western shoreline you will come to the mouth of a larger creek which will lead you about a mile or so to the west southwest and open into a pond within the Fox Lake Sanctuary.

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Fall along our Space Coast

Posted by Dean Pettit on 5. October 2012 with No Comments

Space Coast OutdoorsWhile we don’t get the fall colors you get up north here along the Space Coast of East Central Florida, it’s still a great place to visit and or live here. This is the time of year when outdoor activities really begin to pick up here. The fall run of mullet is here in the Indian River Lagoon as well as along our beaches, bring outstanding fishing as redfish, trout, snook, tarpon an many other species of gamefish target the mullet. Fall also means the annual bird migrations are starting, and places like Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore, Sebastian Inlet, and many of our other conservation lands become birding hotspots.

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Saltwater Fly Fishing the Indian River Lagoon

Posted by Dean Pettit on 20. June 2012 with 1 Comment

June 16th 2012.

Seatrout 1 16 jun 2012I started fly fishing at about the age of 13 with my grandfathers fly rod, mostly for bluegills and bass in the few freshwater ponds I found growing up near Satellite Beach Fl, and continued for a while after moving to Titusville, mostly at Fox Lake. My rod was a 5 wt. freshwater rod, not really designed for the seatrout and redfish of the Indian River Lagoon system, though I did manage a few seatrout here and there using small streamers designed for freshwater rainbow and other species of trout normally associated with coldwater northern and mountain streams.

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Morning Photo Shoot at Fox lake Park

Posted by Dean Pettit on 15. March 2012 with No Comments

Morning at Fox lake Park, Titusville, FloridaTuesday seemed like it was finally going to be a decent morning for photography, no wind, stars in the early morning sky and the eastern horizon was starting to glow.  In fact I was already running a little late so I quickly drove to one of my locally favorite photography spots, Fox lake Park in Titusville Fl. I had recently been there and managed to get a nice head shot of a Sand Hill Crane, but other than that the day had been overcast and a dull grey. Upon arrival I quickly got out of the car, set my camera and began to shoot. After shooting a few shots of the sun coming up I spotted movement down the shoreline of the lake, a feeding Limpkin.

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Limpkins, Sand Hill Cranes at Fox Lake Park.

Posted by Dean Pettit on 10. March 2012 with 1 Comment

Fox Lake Sunrise through the Cypress TreesThe grey clouds already evident approaching sunrise did not provide much hope for engaging in my favorite genre of photography, landscape and scenic photography, but my chosen destination for the morning, Fox Lake Park here in Titusville, Florida does offer a few other options. With a resident population of Limpkins probing the shorelines and a pair of almost tame Sand-Hill Cranes in residence, maybe it was a chance to add some shots of these to my portfolio.  Upon arriving at the park I followed the one –way road that follows Fox Lake’s shoreline to the first point, spotting one Limpkin probing for mussels and a bit farther down, the pair of Cranes walking through the parks picnic grounds towards the lake. (Note; the image at left is from my archives) Read more…

Birds at the Blue Heron Wetlands

Posted by Dean Pettit on 1. March 2012 with No Comments

Birds of the Blue Heron Water Reclamation Facility and Wetlands, Titusville, Florida, February 29th 2012; 

Wetlands of the Blue Heron Wetlands Facility, Titusville, FloridaI’m more of a landscape photographer than anything else, but occasionally I do like to photograph birds and other wildlife, and for this one of the top spots in the area is the Blue Heron Wetlands Facility, an artificial wetlands engineered for the treatment of waste-water belonging to the City of Titusville. This morning was heavy with fog and overcast, and I love photographing wetlands in the fog, especially if you get a moment where the sun breaks through and illuminates the fog over the wetlands, creating a beautiful other-worldly effect, and it was with this hope that I loaded my Nikon DSLR into the car and drove to the facility. If not, I would just concentrate on getting close-ups of wetlands birds, leaving the sky out of the photo. Read more…

Kayaking Eddy Creek

Posted by Dean Pettit on 29. February 2012 with No Comments

Kayaking Eddy Creek, Canaveral National Seashore, Fl. September 22, 2011

View of Eddy Creek from my kayakIt was just after dawn as I pushed my way kayak from the launch site and into the waters of Eddy Creek at Canaveral National Seashore. As I paddled the kayak gained speed and soon I was into a paddling rhythm. Schools of mullet swirled ahead of me as the kayak made a barely discernible hiss through the water.  As I paddled along the southern shoreline of the creek a movement about 100 yards ahead on the shoreline ahead of me caught my attention. It was a large alligator casually entering the water. It seemed to be about 10 feet in length, but then again they always look bigger when you are in a kayak. Read more…

Scrub Jays at Dicerandra Sanctuary

Posted by Dean Pettit on 28. February 2012 with No Comments

Dicerandra Sanctuary Hike; Titusville, Florida, Date; 02/20/2012

Dicerandra Sanctuary as seen from the scrub ridgeThe Dicerandra Sanctuary is a property purchased and maintained by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered lands Program and lies within the city of Titusville. It is so named due to a plant that exists there and in the surrounding area, but is not known to exist anywhere else. Dicerandra Thinicola is one of five Dicerandra species known to exist in Florida and each has a very localized population on various sand ridges, or ancient beach dunes throughout the state. The Dicerandra Sanctuary is 44 acres in size and has about a 1 mile hiking trail that loops around the property and habitats range from a depression wetlands on the east side to Atlantic Coastal Ridge Scrub Habitat to the west.  The property is also home to many other species including Florida Scrub Jays, Gopher Tortoise, various Raptors, songbirds, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and more. In my opinion it is the Scrub Jays that are the star of this hike and this is a must hike for birders wanting to add Florida Scrub Jay to their life list. Read more…

OMG! I have stepped into the Blogosphere!

Posted by Dean Pettit on 28. February 2012 with 1 Comment
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cover.jpgWell, I’ve done it, and have stepped into the Blogosphere. ( Is it supposed to feel all squishy?) Now what? And where is it? Wherever it is I’m in it and ready blog about Florida’s Space Coast, in my opinion one of the greatest outdoor playgrounds on the planet.  This blog is designed as a companion site to my other site, SpaceCoastOtdoors.Net, which is a directory of locations and other information concerning Fishing, Birdwatching, Kayaking, Hiking, Biking, Backcountry Camping, Surfing, Snorkeling and more. This site is more articles about specific locations, as well as my own personal adventures and thoughts about growing up along the Space Coast. So just who am I anyway? Read more…