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

7/20/09

Iguana, Head above the Rest daily painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

Head above the Rest
5x7, Acrylic on Canvas
$150, framed
In the Everglades a single palm tree is such a strong image. Each one comes with a personality all it's own. Who would you say this one reminds you off.

This little guy surprised me by sunning himself on the sea wall the other day as I was painting in my studio. It's the first one I've seen so close to home. As soon as I opened the door to get his photo, he hunched over and deflated, so isn't nearly as handsome as he first appeared. I only had my small camera, and as soon as I stepped out to get a closer picture he jumped into the water, a perfect dive, and swam quickly away. I knew Iguanas swam, but the speed was incredible! Haven't seen him since, but he's probably living somewhere close by.
As you most likely know, Iguanas are an invasive species on Marco Island. Gorgeous as he was I wasn't all that happy to see him. If only they didn't eat the birds eggs!


1 comment:

bonnieluria said...

They are deceptively fast and when they run, seem to stand on thier tippytoes.
They've been dwindling here for decades but the past few years finds them on the increase.

I'm always startled and delighted when I see them on the road. Before they get mashed.

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