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Crane Creek Cottage

Melbourne is a pleasant town close to everything in central Florida.  While not as frenetic as Orlando or Miami, this area boasts great shopping, wonderful beaches, a quaint downtown area & one hour travel time to Disney, Sea World & other attractions.  You can be on the Gulf Coast in two hours for a completely different Florida feeling with fabulous sunsets.

My reason for moving here was to escape the "big city" pressure of Miami & also to have greater surfing opportunities.  The other charms of my new home were the "old Florida" feel of the different neighborhoods.  Ancient Oaks, Spanish Moss, wandering creeks & the grasslands to the west.  All of this while being a technology center just 1/2 hour from Kennedy Space Center. 

The pics of the birds were shot in my back yard just off of Crane Creek.  The Blue Heron had a nest in the  Australian Pine just to the east of my cottage.  Lately the baby has been getting flying lessons & is feeling quite proud of himself!  The Pelicans are my security force, repelling all attempted assaults by pirates, revenuers, etc.   

Here is a shot of two manatees competing for a drink from the hose at the dock.  They really love fresh water from the tap! Click the pic for a larger shot.

 

I lived in the cottage on Crane Creek for a year & it was a wonderful experience.   Just imagine being totally immersed in nature the moment you step out your door!   What a great place to chill.

  

 

 

 

 

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updated 5/2002

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