Invasion, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x48"
The Australian Pines, or casuarina, are not pine trees at all. Their airy branches form interesting shapes against the morning sky, and their graceful limbs sway gently in a light breeze.
They are not native to Florida. Once widely planted as a hedge against erosion, they are now maligned and outlawed because of their adapibility and invasive habits, taking over where native plants should flourish. The Plant Conservation Alliance calls this plant an alien invader!
In this painting I've tried to show their beauty, but given them threatening feeling as well as they loom over the native species along the shore.