About the Artist

Michael R Hayes

Wildlife & Nature Photography

Michael is a wildlife and nature photographer with a passion for conservation of wild habitat and wildlife. Located in West Central Florida, the Nature Coast is home to beautiful spring fed rivers, cypress swamps, and coastal habitat. Naturally the local wildlife seems to thrive in this narrow wild corridor of Florida. 

His favorite backyard activity is paddling the Chassahowitzka River, located in Homosassa, FL. He serves on the non-profit conservation group, The Friends of Chassahowitzka River.

Michael hopes to inspire others to enjoy, respect, and conserve our wild places and animals. If you’d like to get in touch, use the contact form.

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Immature Little Blue Heron

Favorites from the Chassahowitzka

Explore the Chassahowitzka Favorite Images from the River A collection of images by Michael R Hayes A day on the Chassahowitzka (Chassa-how-itz-ka or Chase-a-whiskey depending on who you ask) means opportunities to see numerous bird species, river otters, manatee, raccoons, alligators, wild hogs, and snakes. All while you float on clear water that pours from artesian spring openings from the Floridan aquifer – surrounded by a forest of palms, moss-lined oak, and cedar. I’ve never put a collection of images […]

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