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Life In The Salt Marsh August 11, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Nature.

spoonbilllagoon_gerbertWhile the environment seems harsh to us, lots of critters and creatures call the Salt Marsh home:

Marsh Rabbits, Cottontails, Egrets, Eagles, Heron, Osprey, Song Birds, Shore Birds, Snakes, Turtles, Fiddler Crabs, Blue Crabs, Raccoons, Coyotes, Foxes with Sockses.

The Salt Marsh is also home to plants:

Sea Purslane, Common Glasswort, Saltwort, Seashore Paspalum, Sea Blite, Black Rush, Salt Grass, and Cordgrass (Snad, Smooth, and Hay).

These grassy coastal areas prevent erosion by anchoring the soil in place and trapping mud during high tides.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Artwork by Peter R. Gerbert ~ Spoonbill Lagoon ~ a portion of the proceeds from sales of this fine art print benefits AUDUBON OF FLORIDA’S  Roseate Spoonbill research projects and protection efforts.


1. Crowing Crone Joss - August 11, 2013

everything, every creature on the planet has its place and purpose – even me – hmm, there’s a thought to begin the day with!

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

Indeed! You are a radiant spiritual being. Shine on! 😎

2. Pix Under the Oaks - August 11, 2013

Good Morning! Roseate Spoonbill is a gorgeous bird!

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

I am rather partial to them ~ both the color and the fantastic shape of their bills.

We get them directly behind our villa on occasion and I always stop what I’m doing to watch them sifting food from the water.

3. Andra Watkins - August 11, 2013

People don’t understand my fascination with marshes, Nancy. I only feel like I’m home when I can smell it, and I love watching all the critters.

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

I understand perfectly, Andra. Robinson Preserve boasts a marvelous salt marsh filled with all manner of diversity and fascinating critters. We love to wander amid its natural wonders.

4. kateshrewsday - August 11, 2013

What a sanctuary, Nancy. The sort of place you can go for a walk and the whole day’s business falls away.

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

You probably won’t bump into any Roseate Spoonbills in the Big Apple . . . but you may notice other strange birds with shocking plumage. 😯

5. jannatwrites - August 11, 2013

Salt marshes sound fascinating…too bad there aren’t any near me. Oh, that artwork is gorgeous, too!

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

Much of the coastal salt marsh terrain has been filled and developed . . . but Manatee County is doing a good job at preserving what has not already been lost.

6. Nancy Curteman - August 11, 2013

Your photo of pink birds against the pink clouds is beautiful. Are the birds egrets?

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

The birds are Roseate Spoonbills. I am rather partial to them ~ both the color and the fantastic shape of their bills.

We get them directly behind our villa on occasion and I always stop what I’m doing to watch them sifting food from the water.

7. sufilight - August 11, 2013

What a blessing to be surrounded by such a diversity of nature’s creatures. The painting is beautiful!

nrhatch - August 11, 2013

Isn’t it? I absolutely love this painting . . . he really captured the essence of the birds and marsh with the rosy glow.

We’re heading to the beach tonight to watch the Meteor Shower. This is such a wonderful place to be.

sufilight - August 12, 2013

Wow, what a beautiful life you and your sweetheart have created for yourselves. Enjoy!

nrhatch - August 12, 2013

Thanks, Marie. We didn’t see any meteors despite craning our necks in a 360 degree radius. Maybe tonight.

8. spilledinkguy - August 12, 2013

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Salt Marsh before… it sounds beautiful, though (with quite an impressive collection of wildlife)!

nrhatch - August 12, 2013

The Salt Marsh seems “barren” because most trees grow only in the uplands (on the periphery) so shade is limited. But the grasses and other plants have gorgeous shapes and textures to them. And a few even turn colors in the fall.

9. Booksphotographsandartwork - August 13, 2013

That picture is stunning.

nrhatch - August 13, 2013

We have some talented artists in this area . . . and that painting is a glorious example of why they are so inspired.

10. Grannymar - August 17, 2013

I never heard of a Roseate Spoonbill before. I love the colour.

nrhatch - August 17, 2013

We’d never seen a Spoonbill until we moved to Florida . . . they’re a year-round favorite of ours.

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