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Welcome to Gulf Coast Mom! Mother of 3 curious kids. Photographer. Florida Master Naturalist. Former classroom Biology Teacher.

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Thank you Mangrove trees! Love, Elsa

Thank you mangrove trees for protecting our shorelines during the hurricane! Mangroves break the force of high winds and waves. They also...

Fort deSoto Beach, Florida

Fort de Soto Beach is a great relaxing beach away from the city! It does cost $5 to park. This time we came to see the Fort itself, but...

Fish tail tales

We visited The Florida Aquarium (again) today! Tried to learn something different about fish than last time. We concentrated on fish...

Litter Haiku

Don’t want to look down Tangled mess of plastic strings There‘s trash at your feet Rib Art on display Plastic water bottle trash Whale of...

“With my head up in the clouds”

Being in nature is very meditative. Even the steam from a sunny day can remind me to take a breath and sit. While you’re at it, look up....

Nature Photography with kids in tow

Photography is a fantastic way to document family outings in nature. Mom can get into a few shots as well when the kids are the...

Nature lessons are everywhere! Murals

The last time we got gas next to this mural, my daughter learned that this fish was a Tarpon. So what did we talk about today on a second...

Bay Bonnethead and Beach Bunnies!

Field Trip to Cypress Point Beach!! Right off the bat we saw Marsh rabbits —it had a brown tail— (Sylvilagus palustris) munching on Sea...

“Artsy” Mangrove forest

I took these photos at Weedon Island during their photography hike last weekend. Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) propagules: Yellow...

Seagrapes: 5 Senses

Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) are Florida native plants. They are protected on all sand dune communities because they help prevent erosion...

Magic Science Minutes

What do you do for 30 minutes while your sister is in violin lesson? Jump out of the car and grab the cell phone to ID plants... And I...

Mango picking!

It’s that time of year! Early summer and we get to pick ours from the tree in the backyard. Mango (Mangifera indica) trees grow in sub...

Raccoon scat (poop)

Please remind me to put a measuring tape in my camera bag! Maybe one of those paper ones my kids used on the Math FSA 🙃. I used my lens...

Circle hooks

I am not an angler nor highly educated on this subject. Disclaimer: I’d even prefer it if we never caught a fish even if it means just...

This or that?

Our new fun game at dinner! Grandma saw one of these Red Shouldered Hawks at her farm in Texas. We just picked up the book from Brooker...

No shoes, no service

Mom, do we need to wear shoes? Yes, you need shoes when swimming or kayaking in the Bay! Luckily, we have oyster beds and barnacles, but...

-Good- nature photography tips

Create some balance. Follow the Rule of Thirds. Off to the outer edge or at a cross point is usually more interesting. Frame your...

First time visit: Brooker Creek Preserve

Brooker Creek Preserve is 8,700 acres of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods in Tarpon Springs. Brooker Creek is fed by 42 square miles...

 

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