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NATURE IS ART 

Welcome to Gulf Coast Mom! Mother of 3 curious kids. Photographic Artist, Adv. Florida Master Naturalist. Former classroom Biology teacher. Music wisher. 

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Documenting the neighborhood play park

it’s the last day before school!! Outside it’s 90 degrees, so Summer will be with us unofficially for a while longer . We decided that on...

DSLR how-to with kids

I’m a documenter. If I ask myself why I learned to photograph, I’d say it was to tell my story and my family’s story. It’s what I...

Boyd Hill Color Wheel

We got to see great colors from the color wheel today!! We took the tram, which costs $2 extra, and we got to visit all the colorful...

Whatever floats your boat!

Everyone is bored. it’s a rainy rainy day, so I looked through a nature book for some afternoon inspiration. I remembered our floaty boat...

Ways to Nature Journal

There are so many ways to document your nature experiences. I’m a super fan of paper journals. Here is an example of an interactive...

What is in our nature walk/hike backpack?

On Saturday we are trying out a preserve we have never visited. We are getting the backpack ready! Some items we always keep by the...

St. Pete Pier: Lionfish and a Song

We drove to the new St Pete Pier to dissect a lionfish (Pterois volitans) at the Tampa BayWatch Discovery Center. The Pier was beautiful...

Lettuce Lake “Field trip!”

Lettuce Lake was still flooded from Hurricane Elsa! The boardwalk was closed. Yes, this really did stink—not literally smelly though. ...

Cucumber “osmosis”

Science is always fun at our house. It’s just a rule. So, when I saw this cucumber and salt water lesson for oceans, we did an eyelid...

Water Cycle I Spy

I found this really cute pirate water cycle diagram online and got inspired for I Spy! It doesn‘t have ”condensation” so we added it for...

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...

 

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