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His entire life Paul Rebmann has ventured outdoors to enjoy nature.   Whether he is hiking in mountain forests, wading through Florida swamps, or on the water in a kayak or canoe, Paul strives to satisfy his biophilia.   As a nature photographer and Florida Master Naturalist, he attempts to bring the beauty and wonder of nature to others, so that they may see what they might not happen to experience for themselves, and to impart the importance of preserving our natural areas, not only for our enjoyment and quality of life, but also for the survival of the flora and fauna that surrounds...more
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Stay at home orders and self-quarantine to prevent the spread of Coronavirus has disrupted everyone's routines this spring. Virginia & I were lucky in that our family spring camping trip to Paynes Prairie State Park was the week before all the Fl... 

Florida Pawpaws Part One

March 16th, 2020

For me one of the highlights of a Florida spring is the appearance of pawpaw blooms. Pawpaws are members of the Annonaceae family, the custard-apples. There are currently a dozen known species of Asimina (the pawpaw genus) in the sunshine state p... 

Best of 2019

January 20th, 2020

I thought that I would start out the new year by showing you some of my favorite photographs from places that I visited over the past year. Looking back it was a very active and enjoyable year, starting with New Year's camping at Collier-Seminole ... 

Chertok Photo Contest

January 7th, 2020

Every year the Orange Audubon Society conducts the Kit & Sidney Chertok Florida Native Nature Photography Contest. The contest is named for the Chertoks who moved to Orlando in 1985. Sidney Chertok had numerous skills and interests during his life, ... 

Havana 500 and Street Art

November 9th, 2019

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Cuba. Spanish conquistadors held mass and the first city council meeting under a ceiba tree on November 16, 1519 creating La villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana. The ceiba tree is m... 

Backpacking Hopkins Prairie

November 9th, 2019

I have backpacked different parts of the Florida Trail from the Rodman Dam to Clearwater Lake in the Ocala National Forest on several occasions, but there was a section between Salt Springs and Juniper Springs that I had never done. This March I cl... 

At 3:31 am on Sunday August 12, the Parker Solar Probe was launched on a Delta Heavy rocket. Getting up extra early for the second day in a row, as the previous launch attempt was scrubbed, I captured the launch from Ormond by the Sea. This photog... 

Pretty Little Dragonflies

November 9th, 2019

Just by chance dragonflies became one of my primary photographic subjects recently. It started with a birding trip to Canaveral National Seashore, during which we saw more butterflies than birds. One of these was a new butterfly for me, a male Ju... 

Matanzas, Cuba

November 9th, 2019

In February of 2019 Virginia & I had the opportunity to visit Cuba as part of a people-to-people exchange tour. Note that as of June 2019 these tours and day visits by cruise ships are no longer allowed by the United States. The first day of t... 

Mangroves

November 9th, 2019

Mangroves are a group of plants with a shared common name that has more to do with where and how they grow than with their family or genus relationships. Mangroves are shrubs or trees that are halophiles, meaning that they can grow in salt water. ... 

Summer Vacations

August 22nd, 2018

Summer vacation With the passing of Labor Day marking the end of summer from a cultural perspective, though not quite the closing of the season in either a meteorological or astronomical calendar, I thought summer vacations would be a fitting su... 

Last fall as an important project at my day job was coming to a close, I mentioned to my friend Daniel that I had some vacation time I needed to take before the end of the year and we began discussing possible outdoor trips. Considering various kaya... 

Wiliam Bartram

July 21st, 2018

William Bartram was born in 1738 in the family home (pictured here at the end of March) overlooking the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia. His father was John Bartram, widely considered the Father of American Botany and co-founder with Benjamin Fra... 

Pitcherplants in May

July 21st, 2018

The Sarraceniaceae is a family of carnivorous plants known as the pitcher-plants. Members of this plant family have modified leaves that form a pitcher of various shapes and colors that traps and digests insects. This allows these plants to thrive ... 

Bigflower Pawpaw

July 21st, 2018

This is the first in a series of posts that will focus on images in the Only in Florida exhibit, now on display in the Lyonia Gallery in Deltona. Bigflower Pawpaw, photographed in the Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida. In 1774 while traveling ... 

Weather Relativity

July 21st, 2018

Now that winter has actually arrived, both here in Florida and in points north, I want to look back at just last month when much of the eastern United States was experiencing temperatures that could be used as a textbook example of 'unseasonable'. ... 

2015 Year in Review

July 21st, 2018

With the year coming to a close I looked back at the photographs that I made over the past twelve months and picked some of my favorites to share with you here. Last December this "View from Blood Mountain" presented itself near the end of my ... 

Exhibits

July 21st, 2018

The photography of Paul Rebmann is being shown in two public venues. The Halifax Historical Museum is featuring the exhibit "Our Natural World Around Us" and one of the entrance displays at the Ormond Beach Library will be filled with Wild Florida... 

Florida Verve

July 21st, 2018

The nature photography of Paul Rebmann was the subject of a profile earlier this year in Florida Verve, an online art and culture magazine. You can read that profile at Florida Views: Paul Rebmann's Nature Photography. 

Spiders

July 21st, 2018

There are many interesting spiders that can be seen in Florida. I will show you a few of them and their webs. One of the largest and very common spider is the golden-silk spider. This member of the orb-weavers family is also often called banana ... 

Florida Orchids

July 21st, 2018

Florida is home to over a hundred orchid species, making up about half of the orchids found in North America. Many may think of orchids as being a tropical plant, but orchids are one of the most diverse plant families and can be found almost anywh... 

Kayak Photography

July 21st, 2018

My 'on the water' photography has increased greatly the past 4 years since purchasing a sea touring kayak that I found on Craig's List. Prior to this most of my paddling had been in a canoe. I acquired the kayak to allow me to go out on solo photogr... 

After my April 8 tweet '7 years ago today' of a Carolina satyr butterfly - view original tweet Dr. Andrew Warren (@AndyBugGuy) of the University of Florida McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity contacted me asking if I had more photos of ... 

...Years Ago Today

July 21st, 2018

Since we are over a quarter of the way through 2014, I thought I would explain my "...years ago today" tweets. Since the beginning of 2014 almost every day I have posted on twitter.com/WildFlPhoto a photo that was taken on that date sometime in the ... 

Schaus' Swallowtail

June 18th, 2018

A very wet native plant field trip this May resulted in my seeing two butterflies that were new to me, including the rare Schaus' swallowtail. This trip to Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park was one of many activities during the F... 

Sweet Acacia

May 2nd, 2018

Sweet acacia is a native shrub to small tree of the southern-most band of states from Florida and Georgia west into California. It is closely related to the iconic trees of the African savanna landscapes, including the umbrella thorn acacia. Fo... 

One of the more frequently seen rails is the sora. These small, thin, chicken-like birds inhabit both freshwater and brackish marshes and other wet places throughout Florida in the winter. The winter range also extends along the coast of the southe... 

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

January 31st, 2018

One of the more common butterflies seen in Florida is the gulf fritillary. This is one of the longwing butterflies (Heliconiini tribe), a subgroup of the brush-footed butterfly family (Nymphalidae). Other longwings found in Florida include the stat... 

Mushrooms

December 5th, 2017

Exploring nature can be fun and full of surprises, such as discovering one of the many varieties of mushrooms that are often found in the woods. The huge mushroom pictured at the top of this post was about a foot and a half across. and is called a Be... 

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

October 9th, 2017

On August 21, 2017 a unique opportunity occurred for a vast number of North Americans to witness a total solar eclipse. The last total solar eclipse visible in North America was in 1991 when the path of totality passed over Mexico and before that in... 

The last week of July found me on most mornings observing and photographing the many spiderling plume moths that were flying around and perching on a patch of red spiderling plants in our yard. It was a fitting coincidence that this was also Nationa... 

Wildflowers and Pollinators

June 11th, 2017

Recent declines in monarch butterfly migrations and problems with honey bee populations, particularly colony collapse disorder, have raised awareness about the importance of these and other pollinators. One week each June is designated National Poll... 

Life on the Dunes

May 2nd, 2017

For the past several years Virginia and I have had marsh rabbits living in our 'front yard'. I was surprised to learn that they will inhabit the beach dunes since I had usually seen them in proximity to the intercoastal waterway. Marsh rabbi... 

Sandhill Cranes

March 13th, 2017

One of the many cool things about living in Florida is experiencing Sandhill cranes. We have two distinct populations of these majestic birds in the Sunshine State. About five thousand Florida sandhill cranes live here year-round and are consider... 

Clasping Warea

December 7th, 2016

Clasping Warea is a rare Florida endemic wildflower that occurs only in central Florida. The ideal habitat for this endangered plant is longleaf pine sandhill. Sandhill is a high and dry pine forest with an open savanna-like understory that is ty... 

Dwarf Cypress

August 15th, 2016

Along with pines, oaks and tupelo one of the typically 'Florida' trees is the cypress. Florida has two species, the bald cypress and the pond cypress. Pond cypress is limited to the Southeastern coastal plain from Louisiana to Virginia, plus Dela... 

Rodman Reservoir was created by damming a section of the Ocklawaha River as part of the abandoned cross-Florida barge canal project. Even though the canal project was cancelled before completion, and the path of the canal is now the Marjorie Harris ... 

Only in Florida

February 23rd, 2016

Florida ranks as the fourth highest state in the number of endemics, species that are limited to a particular geographic area. Only California, Hawaii and Texas have more unique species than The Sunshine State. Early botanists exploring Florida suc... 

Children in Nature

November 26th, 2015

Many of you have heard that outdoor retailer REI has announced that they will close their stores on Black Friday and pay their employees encouraging them to spend the day outdoors in a campaign called #OptOutside. At least one other outdoor sports ... 

Lake Disston

October 19th, 2015

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of going on on a small motorboat to Lake Disston in nearby Flagler County. This state designated Outstanding Florida Water has been on my list of places to go kayaking, so when my day job boss's husband and fello... 

Florida State Forests

May 26th, 2015

In my years of photographing wildflowers I have found that Florida State Forests provide some of the best locations to locate interesting subjects. The 37 state forests in Florida comprise over a million acres of land. The forest service manages ... 

Ocklawaha River

March 24th, 2015

Florida's Ocklawaha River flows north 74 miles from Lake Harris in Lake County passing through Marion County and along the western border of the Ocala national Forest, ending in Putnam County, entering the St. Johns River just upstream of Welaka. ... 

Each year since 2001 the non-profit organization Operation Migration has used ultralight aircraft to lead that year's juvenile whooping cranes from the breeding grounds in Wisconsin to Florida for the winter. After being shown the migration route on... 

The Fairchild Oak

November 5th, 2014

One of the highlights of the local Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is the Fairchild Oak, a majestic live oak tree estimated to be over 400 years old. This tree is located in Florida's Bulow Creek State Park and was named for botanist Dr. David Fairchild... 

Great Horned Owls

May 7th, 2014

In 2007 my image of a Great Horned Owl titled "Don't Mess With My Chicks" won 3rd Place in the Florida Birds! category of the Orange Audubon (Orlando Florida) Kit & Sidney Chertok Nature Photography Contest. This is the story about how I made this ph... 

Artist Interview

May 7th, 2014

After communicating only virtually up until then I finally met Florida children's book author Christopher Tozier in person when we both attended the fifth annual Florida Scrub Jay Festival at Lyonia Environmental Center & Preserve. Christopher Tozie...