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Aka Blue Peter, Mud Hen, Pond Chicken, Bonnet-walker…. A Purple Gallinule climbs among stalks of Alligator Flag searching for berries. A year-round resident of swamps in SW Florida.

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the perch

A Wood stork alights on a pine snag at the edge of a swamp. A big bird with a 60-inch wingspan, it is hard to miss as it glides above the trees.

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Fisheating Creek, Florida

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A pair of sunning alligators wake from their slumber as we paddle by. For every alligator seen, many more remain submerged as we meander down the creek.

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Flash floods and constant stream currents have eroded the banks of Fisheating Creek, exposing elaborate cypress knees surrounding ancient trees.

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving in Southwest Florida is an outdoor event. Elle waits for the signal to dig in. Not so fast, Elle!

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cypress strand

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Panther Walk Preserve, in Collier County, Florida, is part of Collier Conservation Lands, a public program that buys natural lands to protect water quality, water resources, flood protection, and wildlife habitat.

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diamondback

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Basking in the late afternoon warmth of the tarmac in southwest Florida, this beautiful but dangerous rattlesnake would surely become a target for a passing motorist, so I encourage him to leave the roadway for the palmettos and pines of his native habitat.

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shimmer

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Southwest Florida. Airborne dust from Sahara storms tints the evening sky above Naples, Florida.

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Big rain

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Rainy season in SW Florida. Every day a chance of rain, usually isolated, but often heavy. Not uncommon to receive an inch of rain in fifteen minutes, with thunder and lightning, then minutes later, brilliant sunshine.

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Earth Day

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In appreciation of Mother Earth. An early morning walk in our backyard. A healthy environment is not to be taken for granted, but rather to be taken care of.

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backyard pines

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If I must stay at home, let it be here, in the company of mockingbirds, cardinals, woodpeckers, flycatchers, buntings, bluebirds and doves. Where fog teases the sunrise, and a breeze whispers secrets among the pines.

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