Posts Tagged ‘Amelia Island’


Effects of Climate Change on the Sea

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Marsh at the Intracoastal

 

With global climate change slowly making its’ way into the factual mindset of citizens around the word, the notion that there is any possibly of it being a myth has slowly – albeit surely – become a moot thought. For that, the scientific community is greatly thankful.

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Jellyfish: The Florida Five

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish

 

Recently, we’ve discussed how the media’s portrayal of sharks – particularly the great white – in the movie “Jaws” has distorted the general public’s view of sharks as a species. While there’s no real need to be on the lookout for sharks in the water, there is one group of troublemakers that go unnoticed rather easily. Jellyfish are mainly such a threat because their movement is hard to predict. In whichever direction the might flow, it is entirely dependent on the current of the waters they inhabit. In that sense, their movement isn’t all that different from our own. They don’t choose to go in any certain direction. The tides shift them whichever way it pleases. In mankind’s journey through its existence, life’s own version of tides is known to us as happenings. Things happen to us, and we find ourselves moving with the flow – just trying to stay “afloat.”

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Boating Safety 101

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Changing Weather

 

Of course, we at Amelia River Cruises would love for every time you set foot on a boat to be one of our own. However, that will not always be the case. Whether just going out for a fishing day or buying your own vessel, you need to be prepared and well advised on boating safety.

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Sam McDonald: Up and Coming

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Sam McDonald Guitar and Vocals

 

In the palm tree laden land of Amelia Island, there resides an exception pool of talented artists, entrepreneurs and musicians. With a tourist season that lasts longer than most destination spots, there’s great demand for talent to perform at the local venues promising live entertainment, nightly. Sam has a way of approaching every cover song he learns with the notion of the best possible meanings behind the lyrics. Crafting his vocals to match the original artists’’ original delivery intentions. This is no easy task when one of your influences is the ever-mysterious lyricist, Dave Matthews. Just beginning start in the local music scene a few short years ago, Samuel McDonald as already become a favorite among the regular crowd stationed nightly at one of the top-notch watering holes. Most of the purveyors of fine spirits make business well in view, as the historic district of downtown Fernandina Beach holds the majority of night-life locations around.

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Unicorn of the Sea – the Narwhal

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Narwhale

 

Widely – yet incorrectly – believed to be a character introduced in Greek mythology, The Unicorn, an equine-like creature, was first documented in early natural history. It came to be known as a symbol of purity. If you wanted any shot at catching the absurdly illusive creature, you yourself had to be a symbol of purity. Yep, only virgins could capture the woodland creature. The common imagery when thinking of a unicorn’s horn is a long, spiraled, pointed object. To create the appearance that unicorns were a reality.

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Adopt a Pet and Gain a Lifelong Friend

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dog on the boat

 

One of the most beautiful things about being or becoming an American, a privilege not to be taken lightly, is owning your own domesticated animal. Pets are what turn your down time into fun time of the day. Yes, when they are little, they can leave you with – quite literally – a handful. Sure, there are all sorts of animal lovers out there. Dogs and cats are great, but don’t believe for one second that the only viable pets in today’s culture are only house cats and Frisbee-dominating dogs. I grew up in a neighborhood that we could have opened as a half-way legitimate wildlife reserve. With the neighbors keeping everything from ferrets, possums, sugar gliders (flying squirrels), and even the occasional snake, there was never a dull moment where our pets and interactions among them were concerned.

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New Year’s Eve: A Brief History

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Happy New Year from Amelia River Cruises

 

With the holiday season on its’ way out, there is still one hooray left to be had. That’s right! A new year has come upon us once again. Officially the last day on the Gregorian calendar, parties all over the USA are held to welcome the next chapter on New Year’s Eve. The first recorded celebration was around 2000 B.C. While you can’t call it an official federal holiday, it definitely is a favorite among citizens looking to have a solid night out on the town! Although this event has been recognized for nearly four millennia, it has not always been a celebration held on December 31. Long ago, it was celebrated in mid- March upon the vernal equinox. The early Roman calendar did not include the first two months we know now as January and February.

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The 2016 Hurricane Season is Over

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

No matter where we settle and make our homes, we are all subject to some sort of natural disaster. In the bible belt of the central eastern United States, tornadic activity is something you learn to expect. In the western parts of the country, earthquakes occur so often that residents don’t even flinch over anything less than a 4.0 on the Richter Scale. If you want to enjoy the sunshine in Florida, one best be ready for a tropical cyclone, or Hurricane.

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A Special Thanks to First Responders

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Thank You First Responders

 

Today, thanks are in order. It is incredibly easy to become so lost in your day-to-day grind that you begin to take certain things for granted. Who knows how any of us ever survived without all the GPS and cell phone technology we are now using for nearly everything. Well, that’s all fine and grand. Without the handymen that have taken on the trade of working for companies like Florida Public Utilities, there would be none of that electricity, on which we desperately depend. It takes a certain mindset and demeanor to work in such hazardous conditions. A skill set not easily attained and practiced. Only a few weeks ago, residents of Amelia Island were pummeled by the winds whipping around the eye of Hurricane Matthew. Granted, living on an island off the eastern coast of the United States is an assured way to experience diversity in weather.

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Why Is The Roseate Spoonbill Pink

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Roseate Spoonbill

 

Roseate Spoonbills are part of the avian Order Ciconiiformes along with herons, bitterns, storks, ibises, and flamingoes. As members of the family Threskiornithidae, they share family traits with the ibises. Roseate are one of six genera of spoonbills found worldwide and the only one native to the Western Hemisphere. In the United States they are typically found along the coastal areas of the Southeast (primarily along the coasts of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas). They can be found in mangrove swamps, tidal ponds, and saltwater lagoons or other sources of brackish water.

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