Sunday Stories: Florida’s Two Seasons

Florida’s Two Seasons

We have two seasons in Florida.

The beautiful one we’re in now is the this-is-why-I-live-here season. It starts sometime in November if we’re lucky, and it usually lasts until April.

It’s a doors-and-windows-open, air-conditioner-off time that is heaven for everyone who lives here. People spend much more time in their yards, hike local trails, and exercise outdoors without losing ten pounds in sweat.

Today, I walked along Lake Ivanhoe and enjoyed its beautiful neighborhood, taking in the cypress trees ready to lose their needles, gray-bearded water oaks reaching down to the lake for a drink, and ospreys and anhingas searching for a meal.

This season is a time of breathing deep and enjoying the fresh Florida air. I love taking photos on all my walks but especially during our this-is-why-I-live-here season.

Oh, the second season we have in Florida? It’s the why-the-hell-do-I-live-here season, which will be back again far too soon.

All our stories happen somewhere, and that place is what we call the setting. Some description of setting is essential but often overlooked when we write.

If you were to describe the area where you live, what would you highlight? What is unique about it? What characterizes your locale?

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Remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all.

Until next time, happy writing.

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