Interesting Nature Facts #26 – Roseate Spoonbill

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Interesting Nature Facts #26 – Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbills! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want to find out even more,

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My New Sanibel Island Art Installation!

This is a post I’m really proud of. Earlier this year, I was contacted by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society on Florida’s Sanibel Island about the possibility of one of my images being used for an installation at the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Even though I now live in the opposite corner of the country, The

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Anhinga! One of America’s Most Overlooked Birds

The anhinga is one of the most strange, beautiful and ancient birds of The Gulf Coast region of the Southeastern United States. When North America was split in half roughly 100 to 40 million years ago by a great inland sea called the Western Interior Seaway ( <— interesting maps and stuff – check out the link!) it was

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Cardinal Flower

Today’s post is about one of my favorite wildflowers found in the swampy hardwood forests along the Gulf Coast – the cardinal flower. I was hiking through an area near Bristol, Florida called the “Garden of Eden Trail” when I spotted this super-vibrant beauty from about 200 yards. ~ click on any image to enlarge

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Black-necked Stilts

Quick post for today. I’ve been sitting on this photo of a trio of black-necked stilts for a while because I saw something in it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I had one of those “a-ha!” moments and cropped it from a horizontal “landscape” orientation to a vertical “portrait” position. Much better. ~

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Ghost Orchid Photographed from an Unusual Angle

Ten years ago I spotted my first wild ghost orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida after literally years of exhaustively searching the wetlands and wading through enormous tracts of swamp following a grid pattern on a worn-out, folded-up survey map. Over the following years, I’ve accumulated quite a large number of images of

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American Strawberry Bush

The American strawberry bush – also known by many other names such as the “hearts-a-bustin“ and “hearts-bustin‘-with-love”, is a native member of the bittersweet family is one of those oddly beautiful plants you find sometimes in autumn while out in some of the more remote places in the Untied States. Found in all of the

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Paurotis Palm: A Florida Native!

My favorite palm! The paurotis palm is a wonderfully beautiful palm that I have a personal connection to. As I was starting to build my photography business back when I was still living back home in Southwest Florida, I worked in a plant nursery and planted many hundreds of palm trees all over the Fort

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Southern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera conspicua)

Quick post today to share with you one of my favorite terrestrial orchids of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts – the southern white fringed orchid! Often difficult to photograph in Florida’s bright summer sunlight, heavy overcast skies were a huge in helping get this delicate little orchid in perfect detail. Click on the image below

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