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   I'm a retired website builder and amateur photographer and decided to merge those two interests with this website. 

   My interest in photography is primarily due to the variety of birds and the abundance of wildlife in South Florida where I moved to in 2018.  

   Both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve are a short drive from Naples and where I tend to go to take photos, along with the many closer nature parks, rookeries, and preserves in my area.

   The vast majority of photos were taken in Florida, exceptions will be clearly marked.

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Spanish Moss

Many people don't care for Spanish Moss but I'm not among them. Spanish moss is a trademark of the South. This tangled-looking, gray or green bromeliad droops from oaks, fences, and telephone lines throughout Florida. Spanish moss is not a parasite. It's an epiphyte, meaning it gets all of its nutrients from the air and rainwater as it actually has an important role in Florida's ecology. Many animals use Spanish moss for protection, taking cover in the thick masses. Insects love to hide out in the moss, too. Spanish moss is also a significant component of the nests of several species of birds, including the parula warbler and the Baltimore oriole. Secondly, it's also not from Spain.

Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss

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