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 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

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 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

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 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

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 05:23 PM

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 05:23 PM

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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 6/29/2017 12:19 AM

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...

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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 09:57 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 09:57 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 08:22 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 08:22 PM

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Posted 4/12/2017 02:42 AM

Snicker had a secret

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 4/12/2017 02:42 AM

Heal and grow through the losses in life

Losses are part of life and occur in many forms: the loss of relationships that we cherished, loss of our youth or physical beauty, loss of a job, loss of health, and loss of a loved one. More...

Posted 4/12/2017 02:43 AM

Corkscrew a sanctuary for threatened kestrel

Standing along Corkscrew’s boardwalk, I watched as a small falcon dove rapidly towards the top of a wax myrtle, pulling out of the dive at the last moment. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 08:32 PM

Little Girl goes wandering and touches hearts

Little Girl is a rescue dog who recently was rescued a second time. The first time, she found the arms of Sayles Johnston, 88, a recent widower in North Dakota. More...

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Posted 3/15/2017 02:57 AM

Which name fits the shelled creature to a T?

Turtles. Tortoises. Terrapins. All different, yet much the same. During a visit to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida you can see all of them and learn about how and where they live and what sets each apart.  More...

Posted 3/15/2017 02:57 AM

Lawyer strives to make government relevant to students

Neighbor   James O’Leary is doing what he can to ensure that Lee County school students appreciate the important role the legal system and the U.S. Constitution play in their lives.  More...

Posted 3/1/2017 04:45 PM

Antique engines, quilts on view at historic site celebration

A special weekend is planned this month at the Koreshan State Historic Site. Experience the sounds, sights and smells of antique engines running, and view gorgeous and intricate handmade quilts set against a historic home built in 1905.  More...

Posted 3/1/2017 04:45 PM

Curious kids find answers in Corkscrew programs

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is dedicated to educating the youth of today. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 04:45 PM

Free up storage space by deleting iPhone photos

How often have you tried to take a photo or video with your phone and received a nasty message that you don’t have enough storage memory left? Many iPhones still in use have only 8GB of main memory space. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 04:45 PM

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 long-wing butterflies. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

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 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

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 8/30/2017 02:57 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 05:23 PM

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 05:23 PM

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. In May, I observed the wetlands drying. More...

Posted 6/29/2017 12:19 AM

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 6/29/2017 12:19 AM

Clothes make the canine

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 6/29/2017 12:19 AM

Koreshan Kids: Discovering nature along the trails

What do bobcats, alligators, owls, snakes, gopher tortoises, coyotes and river otters have in common?  They all call Koreshan State Historic Site home. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 09:57 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 09:57 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 08:22 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 08:22 PM

Grief is a teacher and the lessons are unavoidable

This is the second in a two-part column on healing and growing through the losses of life.  Losses are a part of the universal human experience. However, how we respond to those losses varies. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 08:22 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 4/12/2017 02:42 AM

What’s good for The Goose

The Goose Wine Estate is in a valley by South Africa’s Outeniqua Mountains, where Retief Goosen and Dr. Werner Roux have been producing some of the region’s finest wines since getting started at the turn of the century.  More...

Posted 4/12/2017 02:43 AM

A day for the tortoises

Did you know that gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 Florida counties? They are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida’s public parks and forests.  More...

Posted 3/29/2017 08:32 PM

Top 10 things to do at Lovers Key

Lovers Key State Park is teeming with things to do. Pay the entrance fee and obtain a trail guide at the ranger station, then proceed to parking lot No. 1, a good place to: More...

Posted 3/29/2017 08:32 PM

A chat with an Uber driver

I recently took an Uber from a business meeting in Plano, Texas, to DFW Airport. I asked the driver if he minded if I sat up front, and he was agreeable. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 08:32 PM

Maggie most often is along for the ride

Martin Wallerstein and his wife, Grace, searched for a whoodle, a soft coated Wheaten terrier and poodle mix, for quite a while. More...

Posted 3/15/2017 02:57 AM

Stay healthy as you age with simple strategies

Yes, we can add years to our lives, and we can choose to stay young and healthy. Often in conversations with other doctors I hear a common frustration. Most people want a quick fix and pill to solve their health problems. More...

Posted 3/15/2017 02:57 AM

Malbec has made a name for Argentina

Pick up any bottle of malbec and the chances are pretty good it’s from Argentina. Developed in France, the malbec grape found a second life in the South American country that now exports the majority of the Malbec consumed in America.  More...

Posted 3/15/2017 02:57 AM

FOLKs have been key to park’s success for 20 years

Contributing to the success of Lovers Key State Park, almost from the beginning, has been a great group of FOLKs. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 04:45 PM

Kijah and friends can surprise with their sweetness

Heads turn when Kijah, Mika and Lady arrive at the Bonita Springs Dog Beach. Each is a mixed breed with the defining characteristics of a pit bull. More...

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