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Created Exclusively for the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Exhibit

The exhibit hall is graced by a 120-foot long habitat frieze called "The Continuum of Life" by local artist Kathy Spalding, who painted 30 individual prints and stitched them all together to illustrate the connections between habitats from uplands out to the Gulf of Mexico. Prints and notecards are available for purchase in the store. Above the stairs, visitors can enjoy Gaskin 8, a 22-foot tall framed photograph donated by renowned black-and-white landscape photographer Clyde Butcher.

Kathy Spalding’s 70-foot Continuum of Life watercolor, executed as a 124 foot original at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a vivid portrait of the wildlife that is one of Southwest Florida’s greatest treasures. Beginning in the skies of the Gulf to Keewaydin’s barrier island, it flows – like nature itself – across the sand, into the shallows around red mangroves creeping into the mudflats and finally up to the high lands and swamps. All along the way are the birds, fish, plants and animals that create a living symphony here.

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