Category Archives: Video

Migrating Sandhill Cranes Inspire Artistry




It’s that time of year again when North Central Florida serves as host to migrating sandhill cranes.  Floridians are very familiar with the loud, squawking sounds of these tall birds with wing spans as wide as 6 feet as they circle above and fly to favorite feeding grounds around the Gainesville area, especially Payne’s Prairie and … Continue reading Migrating Sandhill Cranes Inspire Artistry

Land of Flowers Music Video (highlighting area lake levels past and present)




Singer songwriter Elisabeth Williamson was so saddened by the low level of Gatorbone Lake in the Keystone Heights area in recent years that she wrote a song about it called, “Land of Flowers.”  Lake levels in many North Central Florida lakes have been low for a long period of time (some say since 2005, the … Continue reading Land of Flowers Music Video (highlighting area lake levels past and present)

The Effort To Save The Florida Panther




 (From my archives) Florida’s official state animal, the Florida panther, continues to be an endangered species with only between 50 to 150 animals left in the wild.  Many of the big cats are hit by cars each year.  Florida’s growing population has encroached on the panther’s historic territory. As Donna Green-Townsend reports, wildlife biologists and … Continue reading The Effort To Save The Florida Panther

UF Neonatal Equine Unit: Helping Sick Foals




(From my archives: Originally aired on Florida File on WUFT-TV in 1990) The University of Florida Large Animal Hospital Neonatal Foal Intensive Care Unit was one of the first facilities dedicated to neonatal medicine for foals. Veterinarians and highly trained staff care for the most sensitive and complicated equine cases at the facility. They also … Continue reading UF Neonatal Equine Unit: Helping Sick Foals

Keystone Heights lake community frustrated over low water levels Pt. 1 (video added)




By Donna Green-Townsend and Amanda Jackson (UPDATE: a 15 min. video follows the text)     The Keystone Heights community has been damaged economically by decreasing lake levels.  As the town teams up with the St. John’s River Water Management District, residents are hoping they are moving toward some solutions. Keystone Heights Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth said her … Continue reading Keystone Heights lake community frustrated over low water levels Pt. 1 (video added)

Historic and Romantic St. Augustine




(Artistic video production) I was inspired to make this short video, Historic and Romantic St. Augustine, because of three things:  My sister’s wedding in St. Augustine in one of the historic B & Bs, St. Augustine itself and the music and lyrics of Florida musicians and poets Clyde and Lorelei Walker and Mary Anna Evans.  Though I was only using … Continue reading Historic and Romantic St. Augustine

Jon Semmes




  Jon Semmes and Ingrid Ellis have been performing together in the band, “Jon Semmes and the Florida Friends,” for more than a decade now.  Band members also include Pete Hennings and Pete Price.  Jon currently runs Singing River Tours on the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers in Marion County. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] … Continue reading Jon Semmes

Marketing Florida Citrus Products




    The Florida Citrus Commission wants consumers to count on Florida’s ability to provide a citrus product.  Not only is that reliability important, but the citrus commission also wants consumers to expect a quality product.  To that end, the commission has to come up with clever marketing strategies ways to market the state’s oranges … Continue reading Marketing Florida Citrus Products

Hotel Recycling Project




    Orange County is home to thousands of hotel rooms.  The amount of trash hauled away to landfill sites costs hotels a lot of money.  In 1990 Orange County Energy Extension Agent Jo Townsend talked with Donna Green-Townsend about an award-winning hotel recycling project designed to save the hotel industry money while doing something … Continue reading Hotel Recycling Project