Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

1/14/09

Dan House Prairie, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Dan House Prairie
5x7, $150
Who was Dan House? I've been unable to find any information about him, but he's renown enough to have one of the Everglades Prairies named after him. It's a nice prairie, too, with broad swashes of lush grasses, some wet spots at the edges, and a palm tree here and there. It's one of the prairies in the Fakahatchee, like No Name Prairie or Copeland Prairie.

The Fakahatchee, including Dan House Prairie is close to Marco Island and Naples and a wonderful way to begin to learn about the Everglades. Just follow 41 south, and you'll soon be in the Fakahatchee. You'll pass Dan House Prairie on your way to Everglades City or Copeland. You can get up to date information about birds and animals seen recently in the area by reading the Ghost Writer, the newsletter of the Friends of the Fakahatchee, a group who's mission is to aid in the preservation of this ecologically unique area and to educate the public about its importance. Their newsletter contains much current information and will be of interest to anyone taking a walk on the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. They've got some great pictures of both a bobcat and a black bear seen recently. You can be part of the boardwalk report if you call Park Biologist Mike Owen at (239) 695-2886 to report your bird and animal sightings.

By the way, the links all contain pictures of the beautiful green Florida environment for those suffering from chills and cold. It's chilly here this morning, too. Sweatshirt time!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The House family is an old Everglades City/Chokoloskee family...I believe Dan House was Ted Smallwood's brother-in-law. Some of their stories, including Dan's, can be found in the book "Killing Mister Watson" by Peter Matthiessen and more by visiting The Smallwood Store which is a wealth of personal histories.
-from your 'home-girl,' TARA O'NEILL

JoAnn Sanborn said...

Good information. Thanks, Tara. I've found some, too, and will publish more after some research. He's quite an interesting character!

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