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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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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

1.Create some balance. 2.Follow the Rule of Thirds. Off to the outer edge or at a cross point is usually more interesting. 3.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...

Coontie spotted

The rare Atala Butterfly (Eumaeus Ayala) uses the native Coontie plant as its larval host. We did not spot an Atala, as they have not...

Yes, please

What a beautiful idea! It’s raining cats and dogs right now. The water runoff from streets, sidewalks, and people’s drive-ways filled...

What’s in my bag?

I have no idea how it all fits but here goes! Coral-safe sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

Cabbage palm vs. Saw palmetto

We can use digital photography to help us ID plants and animals on the nature trail. I took my oldest daughter out this morning with our...

“Field Trip”: Weedon Island Preserve

We took an early hike to the mangrove boardwalk this morning! You can get a map by scanning the QR code here. It totally works from a...

I love trash!

What have been some of our favorite found items during our “treasure hunts” in the neighborhood? (Remember to always use BBQ tongs or...

Almost-the-best-day-ever

I got to ID Manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme) for the first time! I was excited until after realized it was floating in the water...

Mangrove inspired

I love mangroves. My kids can ID them right away. The three main types here in Florida are the Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans),...

Weekly School Litter Clean Up

Not all storm water systems are cleaned before entering the waterways. This is the first place we look for litter during our cleanups. We...

 

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