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Foraging with Green Deane

Took a stroll with “Green Deane” in Port Charlotte a few weekends ago. Spent a few hours walking through Bayshore Live Oak Park and the surrounding neighborhood, checking out what Florida natives and non-natives were growing- identifying edibles and non edibles. For anyone interested in gardening with edibles and/or foraging, I highly recommend Deane’s classes, blog “Eat The Weeds” and videos.

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Green Deane discussing attributes of Epazote, Chenopodium ambrosioides. Available year round in Florida. Leaves, flowers and unripe fruits are edible and used in soups and salads. The most common usage is, however, in bean dishes, for it’s strong anti-flatulent powers. To me this plant smells like bug spray.

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Hydrocotyle bonariensis, better known as Pennywort, or dollar weed. Can eat raw or cooked. Has medicinal value.

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Cladium jamaicense, Sawgrass Edible Inner bottom white core of stalk, raw or cooked. WARNING- cuts flesh easily. Use to find fishing worms and fresh spring water.

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Green Dean talking about Sea Purslane, Sesuvium portulacastrum, edible raw, cooked or pickled. Available year round.

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Abrus precatorius, Rosary pea- TOXIC reported to be the most toxic seed in the world. Avoid, as contact with an open seed can cause death.

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Bidens Alba, Spanish needles or beggar tick. Edible raw or cooked. Parts used to make tea, fermented for wine.

I usually approach life from a positive perspective, but because I have chewed on my fair share of ‘unknown’ plants, main thing I learned from my first foraging class with Green Deane is- DON’T field test plants-EVER! Verify, verify, verify what you are sticking in your mouth. There are a multitude of plants out there with edible and/or medicinal properties. There are others that can kill you or make you very, very sick. Some plants make you sick right away, others take days or weeks to make you ill. Others have a cumulative effect. There are plants that are perfectly edible when cooked, but make you sick if eaten raw; and others that have both poisonous and edible parts. Some fruits are edible when ripe, but make you sick when eaten before they are ripe. Not all plants in the same genus or family are edible- There are some edible Jasmines, but make sure you know which ones! All of this aside- I am astonished at how many ‘weeds’ growing in my backyard are edible or usable in some fashion. I recommend Green Deane’s  Eat The Weeds as one reliable resource for learning about the many native and non-native edibles growing in your area. Had a great time participating in this class, and I see myself signing up for more classes in the future!

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Florida Native Wildflowers and Their Seeds

Got some wildflower seeds in the mail and decided to photograph the seeds of each variety I purchased.

Florida Wildflower Seeds

Florida Native Wildflower Seeds

Verbesina virginica, Frostweed

Verbesina virginica, Frostweed

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Polygonella Polygama var brachystachys, Thinleaf October Flower

Polygonella Polygama var brachystachys, Thinleaf October Flower

Solidago sempervirens- Seaside Goldenrod

Solidago sempervirens- Seaside Goldenrod

Ludwigia octovalvis, Mexican Primrose-willow

Ludwigia octovalvis, Mexican Primrose-willow

Carphephorus odoratissimus var. subtropicanus- Pineland Purple, False Vanillaleaf

Carphephorus odoratissimus var. subtropicanus- Pineland Purple, False Vanillaleaf

Eupatorium mikanioides-Semaphore Thoroughwort

Eupatorium mikanioides-Semaphore Thoroughwort

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum-Winged Loosestrife

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum-Winged Loosestrife

Pluchea odorata-Sweetscent, Salt Marsh Fleabane

Pluchea odorata-Sweetscent, Salt Marsh Fleabane

Euthamia carolinliana, Flat-topped Goldenrod

Euthamia carolinliana, Flat-topped Goldenrod

Eryngium yuccifolium- Rattlesnake Master

Eryngium yuccifolium- Rattlesnake Master

These seeds came from the Florida Wildflower Growers Cooperative. All images are taken with an 8x macro on an iphone 5s

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Curiosity In The Garden

I love it when my sweet cat, Savannah, follows me into the garden. She is an inside kitty- usually very cautious about even being on the enclosed lanai. The only time she ever tries to venture outside is when I go into the garden. Once she is in the garden she loses herself as completely as I do. While she explores I keep an eye on the sky for raptors and enjoy her antics. It’s nice for me to slow down and see the garden through her.

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Kayaking Commodore Creek in Tarpon Bay

              

Had fun out on Tarpon Bay today. Put in at Tarpon Bay Explorers and paddled Commodore Creek. It’s an easy trail for the kids; with loads to see and learn.

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Shore Birds

      Black Skimmers and Royal Terns

                Gull and Royal Terns 

     Royal Terns 

         Lonely Plover 

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Sunset Kite Surfers on Sanibel

                            

                          

Shot with iphone 4s

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Sanibel Lighthouse Sunset

Shot with my iphone 4s and processed with mobile snapseed.

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Fossil Hunting on the Peace River with Mark Renz

I first heard of Mark Renz through a fellow rock hound, who invited me to hear him speak at a Rotary Club meeting in Ft. Myers. Having recently moved to the area, my sons were enjoying their holiday break from school, and were not enthusiastic about spending their time at a lecture. Mark’s passion and enthusiasm for paleontology, nature and life, shined through his every word. The boys wanted to learn more about fossils in the area, so we decided to take a guided trip with Mark on the Peace River, in search of fossils.

I cannot say enough how much we enjoyed our time with Mark. His conversational approach to teaching allowed the boys to have fun while learning, and wow, we learned a lot! Not only did we learn how to search for fossils and identify our finds, but Mark painted a picture for us about what the area might have looked like over the past few million years, and how the animals whose bones we held, might have ended up where we found them. Our day was also filled with laughter- Mark is a funny guy! Darwin, one of his cattle dogs also came along for the ride. He was calmly reserved, well-trained and mannered fellow.

                                                                                                                                                           

Spending several hours on a dig was great for the grown-ups, but when the boy’s attentions waned, Mark gently guided them to explore the area in ways that kept them safe and engaged. He is one of those gifted and rare people who truly seems to enjoy sharing his considerable knowledge and ideas. I asked the boys to help me think of words to describe Mark- here is some of what we came up with- Smart, funny, tall, inspired, adventurous, kind.

Mark and Darwin

Unfortunately, my little camera took a dip in the Peace River on this trip, so not too much to share in the way of photos, the few here are from our iphones..

Thank you Mark for sharing with us your passion and knowledge and for inspiring us to see and do and learn! You can reach Mark and Marisa Renz through their web site Fossil Expeditions

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Here are some of our finds-

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Dugong rib fragment, Juvenile megalodon fragment, barnacle

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Puffer fish mouth fragment, Whale inner ear bone, Turtle shell fragment, sting ray grinding plate fragment

fossil shark teeth

Possible fossil alligator tooth

worm tube, coral and turtle carapace fragments

Possible shoulder bone

Deer antler fragment

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