SATURDAY & SUNDAY – Labor Day Muck-About (Swamp Walk)

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The joy of being with people who love nature and enjoy life filled our hearts during the Labor Day weekend swamp walks. This time of year the swamp is lush, green and filled with water. The environment is like walking back in time to the beginning of earth. There is a peace that fills my heart every time I enter… Read More

MONDAY – Labor Day Weekend Muck-About (Swamp Walk)

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Monday was another beautiful day… Robbie became our chauffeur. He had a ball running everyone around the property in our new electric cart. Here he is taking Clyde up to the gallery. Clyde signing books A family who came prepared for the mosquitoes! Good thinking! Paul discussing the environment with Duck Potato in foreground Paul leading the group At this… Read More

#10. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast – Last Day

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On our last day as Artists in Residence at the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast we were invited to the going away party of Jake and Vera, the college summer students who spent their summer helping the Foundation. It was a wonderful way to honor their service and a great way for us to say good-bye and thanks to… Read More

#9. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast – Longino Ranch

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Another rainy morning. We debated whether to photographing, but this morning we had the opportunity to enjoy the company of both Robin – Director of Programs and Albert Joerger – Founder & President of the Foundation. They are both so much fun and inspirational to be around, we just couldn’t miss this day even if we didn’t get a photo!… Read More

#8. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast – Sarasota Crew

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We woke up to thunder and lightening that faded away and left behind the constant drumming of rain. Well, it was more of a mist than a rain. While we were Artists in Residence, the Sarasota Crew was having their summer camp. It was fun to watch them every morning get their boats ready and head out into the bay.… Read More

#7. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast – Pine Island

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The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Lee County, and High Point Land Improvement Corporation, worked together to save 190 acres of land on Pine Island. As we spent the day out photographing the land we learned that there were two days left to raise the $115,000 to complete the contract to save the land. The Conservation Foundation was working… Read More

#6. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast – Flo

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Our day at the Carriage House began with a wonderful visit by Flo and her assistant, Diane. Flo created the opportunity to fix up the Carriage House and establish the Artist in Residence program for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Flo has an artistic background and understands the association between artistic expression and the environment. It is wonderful… Read More

#5. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation – Walton Ranch

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Our trip to the Walton Ranch with Sean – Director of Land Protection & Robin – Director of Programs, from the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast was a day filled with great photographic opportunities…we just had to be prepared to photograph in the rain! As we drove into the ranch we ran into Chris who is a land manager… Read More

#4. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation – Manatee River

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Our trip this afternoon was with Sean – Director of Land Protection for the Conservation Foundation. He was our guide while visiting Lee and Carol Ann who have set aside their property along the Manatee River for preservation. Their generosity and positive attitude toward life and the future is a blessing to us all! Sean took us out to the… Read More

#3. Artist in Residence – Conservation Foundation Gulf Coast – another morning at Casey Key

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Clyde was peacefully drinking his morning cup of tea when I woke up and saw a beautiful big thunderhead over Casey Key. I jumped out of bed, we grabbed our camera gear and a bagel then headed for the beach. Another beautiful morning storm at Casey Key…and, once again, just when we thought the day was done another rainbow showed… Read More