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


Hardwood hammocks, Hammock daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Hammock, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"
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Once much larger, these ancient sub-tropical forests serve many important purposes in the Everglades. Hardwood hammocks develop on slightly higher ground that floods infrequently.  A little rise in elevation can support the growth of a mature hardwood forest including royal palm, cabbage palm, live oak, gumbo limbo, mahogany and oak.

The hardwood hammocks provide homes to most of the Everglades mammals, who find shelter in their branches and roots. The tree leaves form a dense canopy which shades the forest floor and provids relief from the relentless tropical sun from the sun during the hotest part of the day.  Reptiles and birds, too, call the hammocks home.

The hammocks are damp, and ferns and air plants thrive in their moisture-laden air, and rare native orchids multipy and bloom.  The tree roots and leaves prevented erosion, and help remove pollutants from the water.  


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I took a guided tour of the Florida Panther Preserve last Spring which was wonderful. The woods were so dry we could walk through areas that would be under 4 feet of water or more during the rainy season. The Guide also works at the Naples Zoo.
I sure need to make a better effort to get out and about when I'm in Naples, Jo-Ann. I get stuck in the rut of being in the home studio.
I need to broaden my horizons on a more frequent schedule.

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

I'll get you out of that rut, Mary. Still, it's a great place to be. Do you go with the Naples outdoor painters on Thursday?

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Look how long it takes me to revisit the comments section.
No, I don't do the Naples Thursday group because my hubby plays golf that day and he likes to have the car so he can go out to lunch afterward.
Fine with me, BUT let's you and I be our own outdoor painting group :D
Let's figure out the best day.
XO, Mary

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