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Lars Andersen
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  • High Springs, FL
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If you have an interest not mentioned above, you can note it here.
paddling
nature lore
edible wild plants
Do you have a website?
http://www.adventureoutpost.net
Anything you'd like to tell about yourself? Where do you live? (optional!)
I'm an author, naturalist (in the fully-clothed sense) and full-time river guide. My business is Adventure Outpost in High Springs, Florida.

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Florida's Springs: Our Dying Canaries

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

It’s a tribute to cave divers like the late Wes Skiles that photos of people swimming in the Floridan Aquifer have become common-place. In places like the amazing Blue Path exhibit now showing in the Florida Museum of Natural History, we see pictures of divers swimming through the most serene settings imaginable—suspended in dream worlds of icy-blue water and cream-colored limestone; moving through grand, underwater passages; illuminated by…

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Finding Sanctuary in Water

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 6:25pm 0 Comments

I’m not sure what I expected to see in the heron’s eye; maybe some sign of its soul. The Calusa said the eyes are windows to the soul. If there was ever a moment this bird’s soul would be shining from its jet black “windows,” it was now, standing knee-deep in the float-glass waters of Newnans Lake and gazing, with the tranquility of a monk, into a smoldering burnt orange sunset. I wanted to believe that the shining black well held the knowledge of the Universe—the knowledge shamen and monks…

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Listening to Water

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 11:51pm 1 Comment

 

Of all Leonardo Da Vinci’s great ideas, one of my favorites is one of his simplest. No diagrams, no assembly required, just a simple re-purposing of an everyday item—the canoe paddle. He suggested if we put its blade into water and then pressed our ear against its shaft, we could hear the sounds of aquatic life. Once again, Leonardo was way ahead of it’s time. Not only did this idea pre-date sonar, it predated the belief that the sea was worth listening to.

 

In a…

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Close Encounters of the Turd Kind

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:04pm 1 Comment

 

Hiking in Ichetucknee Forest this morning, I was reminded that nature observation requires a few basic skills. Spontaneity is high on the list. When you spot a pair of slugs slowly sliding over each other, you must be willing to forego all plans and stop to watch them. You may never again see two slugs interacting. Next, you must have the patience to sit quietly for hours watching your slimy subjects for any hint of interesting behavior. Being observant also helps. Make mental notes…

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Florida's Story Told Through Her Springs

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 7:22pm 1 Comment

I think future historians will tell Florida’s story in terms of springs. There’s no overstating the role springs have played in the lives of Floridians, dating back to the very first Floridians who arrived nearly 14,000 years ago on the heels of the great Ice Age herds and extending through every culture and time period to the present.

 

For those first Paleo-Indians, springs were oases in a much cooler, drier Florida than we know today. For later cultures, they were invaluable…

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At 12:40pm on August 2, 2009, Nicholas Brogan said…
Michael Levin is his name - not Michael Garden - I had him saved in my phone as Michael Garden because we went on a permaculture tour of Portland VIA bicycle. Hope all is well!
At 10:14pm on January 20, 2009, Ellen Bush said…
Hi Lars, Thanks for joining Environmental Zoo today! I'm looking forward to your input.
At 8:40pm on December 7, 2008, Ellen Bush said…
Hey, I had to laugh at your naturalist comment! I have always had an interest in nature. I used to go out into the woods by myself (as a child) and discover interesting plants, insects, etc. and wonder about things, tearing some of them apart, etc. I love it in the woods. I'd like to know more about edible plants. I also would like to invite you to join my new group, Enviromental Zoo
to get your input, ideas, suggestions, etc. adding to the discussion.
At 1:41pm on October 28, 2008, Di Stobaeus said…
Hello Lars,
New member, Di, just wanting to thank you again since my eighty-year old parents are STILL talking about the full moon canoe trip that you facilitated ...and that was a mere 10 years ago.
Time for more adventure, eh? here is some: Friends are currently kayaking around our entire state in order to set up a waterpath and stimulate interest in kayaking.
dilou42@hotmail.com
Best water wishes to you,
Di
At 9:26pm on October 23, 2008, Michael Levin said…
Hi Lars and welcome to Zoobird!

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