1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL
Happy New Year! Tarflower Chapter kicks off their first presentation of the year by appealing to the shutterbugs in all of us. The program Only in Florida will feature mostly plants, and a few of the animals that are endemic to Florida as seen through the photography of Paul Rebmann with information about each, including where they are found and how are they different from their more wide-ranging relatives. Florida ranks as the fourth highest state in the number of endemic species – those plants and animals naturally occurring only within a specific geographic area. Early botanists exploring Florida such as Alvan Wentworth Chapman and John Kunkel Small noted the high number of endemic species in the state. Some of the species that will be covered include Orange County's Deeringothamnus rugelii pulchellus (pretty false pawpaw), other endangered species such as Nemastylis floridana (celestial lily), Warea amplexifolia (clasping Warea), panhandle endemic Harperocallis flava (Harper's beauty) and many more. A year-long exhibit of Only in Florida images by Paul Rebmann at the Lyonia Gallery in DeLand will continue through January (2017). Lyonia Gallery is part of the Lyonia Environmental Center, located at 2150 Eustace Ave. next to the Deltona Public Library and at the entrance to the Lyonia Preserve. After that the exhibit will travel around the state, with the next showing at the Kimbell Center Art Gallery at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Feb. 13 through March 4.
Paul Rebmann has been a resident of Florida for over thirty years and has spent much of that time learning about, exploring and photographing nature. A Florida Master Naturalist, he is also a longtime member of both the Florida Native Plant Society and the Audubon Society, providing opportunities to learn from many of our experts about the various ecosystems, and the plants and animals that inhabit them. Employed full-time as a Director of Information Systems in Ormond Beach, Paul is also a part-time nature photographer with images published in several field guides, periodicals including The Palmetto and Backpacker magazine, and utilized in exhibits at Weedon Island Preserve and Lyonia Environmental Center. A number of images have won awards in the Orange Audubon Society's Kit & Sidney Chertok Nature Photography Contest. Paul is a volunteer on the FNPS web team, assisting with the implementation of the society's web sites, work for which he was honored with a Silver Palmetto award in 2007 and is active in the Pawpaw Chapter, including having served in several chapter positions. As both an outlet to showcase his nature photography and an educational resource, Paul has created the Wild Florida Photo website at wildflphoto.com. Select images are available for purchase online in various formats at paul-rebmann.pixels.com.