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Matanzas Inlet Gets Rinsed

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Written by Cameron Brooks

March 22, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Neon Sea Grape Venation

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Coccoloba uvifera


Coccoloba uvifera


Coccoloba uvifera

For a sea grape jelly recipe and more, click here.

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 15, 2020 at 6:54 pm

Snake Plants Occupy Coquina Beach

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Sansevieria trifasciata

Sabal Roots on Rattlesnake Island

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Sabal palmetto

Don’t they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm


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A futile dune and sea oat array in Flagler County now protect residents and wayward tourists along a stretch of A1A from the Atlantic Ocean.


Written by Cameron Brooks

March 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Palma Sola Bay to Sarasota Bay

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A bicycle tour south through Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key begins with great egrets, brown pelicans and an opportunistic gull.





After grooming atop a pole, an agile resident settles into a standing split.



Vying for scraps, a laughing gull plops down on a pelican’s back as it dives for mullet.


Next is a ride through the Robinson Preserve.


Stretches of paved path yield to elevated sections winding through mangrove forest.





Hidden breaks in the forest lead to amazing vistas of the bay.


A flock of white pelicans slowly bobs up and down until one notices a school of fish.


An awkward orange, black and white ruckus erupts. The collective briefly takes flight.




Crashing down onto one another, the frenzy lasts maybe a minute (but it doesn’t appear that many catch a snack).



Compared to Robinson, Perico Preserve is a smaller and younger restoration project. Bikes are restricted to a small loop, but the route includes curious flora and fauna, including fallen trees and sharp turns.


Drivers and cyclists on Manatee Avenue are forced to take in the view as a yacht lumbers through the drawbridge over Anna Maria Sound.


More avian natives eye tourists from a weathered jetty on Coquina Beach.


Taking such subjective advice in Florida (and across the US) is hard these days.



A dune daisy blooms below one of many towering resorts occupying Longboat Key.


The day’s ride begins and ends on Palma Sola Bay.

Dora Canal Dock

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Dora Dock

Written by Cameron Brooks

December 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Coquinas, Donax variabilis

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Coquinas, Donax variabilis Ormond Beach

Donax variabilis, Coquinas

Donax variabilis 1

Donax variabilis 2

Donax variabilis 4

Written by Cameron Brooks

April 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Love and Lunch

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Hugs, Love and Lunch

Written by Cameron Brooks

April 3, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Wisps Over Tomoka State Park

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Wisps of Clouds Over Tomoka State Park

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Hello Falco

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Falco peregrinus

The fastest animal on earth┬áperched beside a warm stucco wall soaked with a day’s sunlight grooms himself seven floors above A1A. Barred feathers float slowly.

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Aquatic Flora

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Aquatic Plant

Written by Cameron Brooks

February 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

Great Egret, Ardea alba

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Great Egret, Ardea alba

Written by Cameron Brooks

February 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

Lofton Monsters

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Lofton Monster #1

Lofton Monster #3

Written by Cameron Brooks

February 28, 2015 at 11:08 am

Azure Over Emerald

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Azure Skies

Written by Cameron Brooks

January 2, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Lofton Creek

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Lofton Creek Black Water Mirror


Aquatic wanderlust began developing around puberty. Oblivious to the primordial black water flow beneath Highway A1A, my friends and I started crossing the bridge over Lofton Creek in 1992. A couple older brothers with cars finally convinced us devout skaters to give surfing a go, so whenever waves broke on Amelia Island, we loaded up the surfboards at the crack of dawn and piled into Bill’s orange VW Vanagon (with the pop top camper), or Gabe’s brown Buick Station Wagon (with our favorite rear-facing “way back seat” to make faces at cars behind us). Fugazi’s “Repeater,” or Bob Marley’s “Legend” blared from open windows while we envisioned rare perfect waves at the end of the familiar 40 minute car ride. Bleary-eyed, we noticed little else along the way.

Landlocked in North Georgia now for almost two decades, I surf only a few times a year, but kayaking has become the surrogate sport. After a few hundred trips across the same bridge, Lofton Creek (not the Atlantic) was the first destination when I migrated home to the coast this summer.


Spanish Moss Covered Cypress


Paddlers slip boats down the Melton Nelson Boat Ramp into a prehistoric world (more so once out of earshot from highway traffic). Many of the haunting spanish moss draped cypress trees that give the tannic water its signature sweet tea hue are over 500 years old. Paddle north to meet a cypress that’s been growing for over 2,000 years.


Pickerel Weed Flower


Viridescent pickerelweed clumps subtly announce narrow entrances to Lofton Creek’s labyrinth (where wayward paddlers easily get lost).



Pickerelweed and Cardinal Flower


A sole cardinal flower rises above pickerelweed.


Lofton Creek Sound Cloud


Southbound, the hardwood forest gradually transitions into salt marsh soundclouds.


Mirrored Lofton Creek


Canopy submits to blue sky.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Elfin River

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Elfin River

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

Hensonesque Visual Trickery

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Dora Canal Face 4
Dora Canal Face 3
Dora Canal Faces
Dora Canal Face 2
Dora Canal Face 1

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

Dora Canal Boathouse

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Dora Canal Boathouse

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 11, 2014 at 10:16 am

American Coot, Fulica americana

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Fulica americana

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 11, 2014 at 9:03 am