After 46 years of pediatric nursing I retired from University of Michigan and moved to Pine Island full time. Working with very sick children changes a person, they taught me to live in the moment and truly appreciate the little things, kids with cancer take nothing for granted and don’t sweat the small stuff…. And I learned a lot from them.

The natural beauty of the island was amazing but what really captured my heart were the birds!! I was immediately consumed by them.  I started volunteering at Peace River Wildlife Refuge and that reinforced my infatuation the birds weren’t just beautiful to look at but also had amazing personalities. I picked up a camera to document and share “my” birds and that was it…. I realized that I had been viewing the world in frames all my life. “Every picture tells a story” was more than a cliche, that you can capture a whole story with a well timed click.

 I started sharing my photography with family and friends and lo and behold they were good. I learned a bit of post processing but my pictures are very minimally adjusted. Gradually I started selling my work and now spend the bulk of my time trucking around Pine Island and the vicinity capturing this amazing place in photos. My photography is available at Wild Child Gallery in Matlacha Florida.

 I hope you enjoy my photos at least half as much as I enjoy taking them!

Fine Art -Artists at work in the "Heart of Matlacha"

Original Fine Art & Jewelry- Voted Best Art Gallery in Matlacha 

"I feel that my photography is a means to connect with the nature around me

..... my goal is to capture pictures that help others connect"

Martha Huard