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Connect With Natural and Wild Florida

If you love natural and wild Florida make that connection, no matter where you are in the world, through the photography and thoughts of Mark Renz

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Forget career, riches and fame
Give me a lowly position
as a single soft strand of broom sedge
growing next to an island of palms
where I can spend a lifetime
experiencing the sun
as it rises
in the wilderness
again
and again
and again
If not a sedge
then the next best thing
a lowly human
with the desire to live simply
and witness the wild
with all my human senses
to hear the silence
taste the dew
and feel that vast yellow ball
as it begins to bathe me
and welcome me to the morning
This is the gift of life 
that I will embrace
until my final sunset
And if it’s not an imposition
to the living
Do you think you could scatter
my ashes 
in the broom sedge grasses
facing an island of cabbage palms
where I can continue
to know what it’s like
to really live?

   -Mark Renz

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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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