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  • Video: The Devil's Den

    Video: The Devil's Den
    According to folklore, an ancient sink hole formation in Williston, Fla. was given the name “Devil’s Den” when locals witnessed steam rising up from beneath the ground billowing overhead with the mysticism of a presence from another...
  • Video: Orlando Magic help beautify complex

    Video: Orlando Magic help beautify complex
    Grabbing their rakes, shovels and work gloves, Orlando Magic’s President Alex Martins, General Manager Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy lead the rest of their 180 member staff in stripping decades of old park benches, decaying foliage and...
  • Video: Weeki Wachee Springs

    Video: Weeki Wachee Springs
    Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is the only place in the world where live mermaids can be seen. One of Florida’s original “roadside” attractions Weeki Wachee will be celebrating their 65th anniversary next summer. The mermaids follow...
  • Video: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks of Deer Island

    Video: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks of Deer Island
    By Martin E. Comas Orlando Sentinel For the past month or so, residents at Lake County’s Deer Island have enjoyed watching some new visitors swimming in their neighborhood’s lake: A paddling of black-bellied whistling ducks. “It&...
  • 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24-hour race

    50th anniversary of the Rolex 24-hour race
    Thousands of fans packed the tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway on a picture-perfect winter day in Daytona Beach, Fla. to witness the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24-hour race. Drivers team up with multiple partners to push their Ferraris and...
  • Think Pink

    Think Pink
    Dozens of plastic pink flamingos --the kitschy icons of Florida as tropical paradise--  have made a mysterious appearance in a Maitland neighborhood this week. I came across this scene Tuesday, where a prankster (or a resident flamingo aficionado) set...
  • Extremes in photo assignments

    Extremes in photo assignments
    Separated by time and the sections of the newspaper or web, it's hard for readers to tell what assignments we cover on a single day. Last Friday was an example of the extremes we sometimes experience while covering the news. My morning began at the Walt...
  • Big gulp: World Sword Swallowers Day

    Big gulp: World Sword Swallowers Day
    There’s a lot of things to celebrate in February; Valentines Day, Presidents Day, the NBA All-Star Game and World Sword Swallowers Day. Dan Meyer is one of those celebrating sword swallowing. He has a number of world's records and will perform on...
  • A different kind of 'pool'

    A different kind of 'pool'
    If you've ever wondered how the Orlando Sentinel gets it's photographs during a presidential visit, here's a little background: When the president travels to a community, the White House will often designate a local news photographer to be in the...
  • Birds of Paradise: Florida's photography sanctuary

    Birds of Paradise: Florida's photography sanctuary
    When it comes to bird-watching, Florida is a haven for flocks of wading and birds of prey, attracted to the state by its vast ecosystem of freshwater marshes and lakes, brackish swamps, spectacular prairies, and hardwood hammocks.  Egrets, ibis,  herons,...
  • 2012: The year of the Dragon

    2012:  The year of the Dragon
    Hundreds of Central Florida residents gathered to usher in the Chinese New Year on Sunday, with celebrations to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Shally Wong from Asia Trend Magazine in Orlando says that since the Chinese New Year is also celebrated by...
  • Radio hunters

    Radio hunters
    The Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association hunts bunnies. The club holds a monthly hidden transmitter hunt. One member becomes the "bunny," taking a transmitter and hiding somewhere in the area. The other club members have a hour to find the transmitter...