Everglades Light, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 11x14, sold
The drop in humidity and a little coolness makes it a wonderful time of year to get out into the Everglades. There's plenty of water from the summer rains. The sloughs are full, and in the quiet you can hear the surface water gurgling softly on it's way to the Gulf. With a 100 mile wide river of grass to get through, and only a slight decrease in elevation, the water is on a long, slow journey.
There are more wading birds feeding in the shallow water, and more overhead. Some will stay for the winter, but others are just passing through.
Much of the land from Marco Island to Miami is preserved. Spending time in nature calms our souls, lowers the blood pressure, and makes us realize we're only a small part of a much larger world. If you're not sure what to do or where to go on your own in the Everglades, stop into the studio and I'll give you a map of some easy and inexpensive ways to orient yourselves to the wonderful Everglades environment.
Today's painting is a larger version of the one I did last week. Exploring the palms standing out against a background of brush is a subject I haven't visited for a while, but continues to intrigue. It's from a place I often pass, but don't get to stop and absorb. Last week the late day light was perfect. Everglades magic!