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Two different subjects have prompted me to resume this newsletter now. One is because October is Florida Native Plant Month, which I will discuss more farther down in this issue. The other is an opportunity to Reunite the Rivers of the Great Florida Waterway - the Silver Springs, the Ockalwaha and the St. Johns.
Long time followers of my photography will know that I am passionate about the Ocklawaha River, one of Florida's most beautiful waterways, at least the natural portions of it. The Ocklawaha river flows north from the lakes of central Florida, joining with the Silver River before continuing along the edge of the Ocala National Forest to meet the St. Johns River near Welaka.
You may also know about the reservoir that has interupted the flow of this Florida treaure for over half a century. This dam and reservoir are remnants of the abandoned cross-Florida barge canal project.
Reflections of a Drowned Forest
A coalition of environmental, recreational and business organizations have joined together in an effort to Reunite the Rivers. These organizations are advocating for the fiscally and enviromentally responsible solution of breaching the earthen portion of the dam where the original river channel was and allowing the river to flow freely and return to its natural water levels.
And now the aging dam is in danger of failing, which would be devastating for the area of the lower Ocklawaha and the people living downstream along the St. Johns River, including Welaka. Since many people and organizations have advocated for the removal of the reservoir and returning the Ocklawaha to a free-flowing river, the St. Johns River Water Mangement District is currently (through Oct. 23, 2021) soliciting public input on the future of the river, dam and reservoir with a short four-question online survey at https://floridaswater.formstack.com/forms/rodman
I ask everyone who enjoys being out and experiencing our natural environment to respond to the survey above. For more detailed information and links to other information relevant to this issue, you may want to read my latest blog post at Reunite the Rivers at the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography blog.
White ibis in winter cypress trees where the Ocklawaha flows into the St. Johns River
Paul Rebmann Nature Photography/Wild Florida Photo will be at two events celebrating Florida Native Plant Month in October.
On Saturday Oct. 16 I will be returning to Backyard Biodiversity Day in Winter Park. This event is held from 9am to 3pm at Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, Florida. This event includes the annual Tarflower Chapter Native Plant Sale to benefit habitat restoration projects at Mead Botanical Garden, along with many other exhibitors, vendors, food trucks, hikes, speakers, workshops and entertainment.
Saturday, Oct. 23 the Florida Native Plant Society Pawpaw Chapter will have a Native Plant Sale in South Daytona. This event will be held from 9am to 1 pm at the Piggotte Center, 504 Big Tree Rd., South Daytona, FL. I will be there with my nature photography for sale along with a number of enviromental and other organizations.
Stop by either event and see the wide selection of nature photography available in note cards, prints & the new themed note card gift sets including wildflowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more.
For details on these and other events, visit the Wild Florida Photo events page.
Practice yoga? Like bees? Several new images with bees that would make nice yoga mats are now available at paul-rebmann.pixels.com.
A honey bee on bastard false indigo flowers.
Honey Bee on Indigo Yoga Mat
A carpenter bee on spotted beebalm flowers.
Big Bee #1 Yoga Mat
Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Wild Florida Photo
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