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Pineapple Palm

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Pineapple Palm Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Pineapple Palm Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Driving around Marco Island, Florida, I have been captured by the beauty, and variety, of the palm tree. The Pineapple Palm in particular is one I really love and I found one just down the street from where we are staying. We drove past it twice and it stayed in my mind’s eye. As soon as I arrived back to the house at the end of the day, I drew this! Hope you enjoy and keep making art!

Manatees are Magical

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Manatees are Magical Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Manatees are Magical Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

My family and I had the pleasure of taking a private, expertly guided, manatee tour the other day and it was amazing. Seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat was simply breathtaking. We learned a lot about the manatees, their history, feeding patterns, and their stress-free herbivorous lifestyle. I was fascinated to learn that they float out to the Gulf of Mexico on the tide, feed and then hitch a ride back into the calm inlets the same way. How smart is that! The lore about the manatee is that this is the mammal that was often mistaken for the mermaid by weary sailors. My bilingual daughter then expertly informed me that the manatee is called the “siren” en francais. Makes total sense. If you ever get a chance get to the marina behind the Port of the Islands Hotel on State road 41 that runs down through the Florida Everglades, dock D and book yourself a tour, you will not be sorry. Enjoy my very simple drawing of the manatee, keep exploring your world and keep making art.

Everglades Osprey

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Everglades Osprey Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Everglades Osprey Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

This mother Osprey was not impressed when our boat got a little too close to her nest full of eggs. Papa Osprey was nearby as well. She rose out of the nest making noise and did so until we left. We saw other nests with hatched eggs and could see two or three little heads peeking out at us. One of the more experienced mothers seemed unperturbed when we came near but this one wasn’t having it. Enjoy, explore the Everglades and keep making art and in this case photography!!

Snowstorm Bonanza

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Snowstorm Bonanza One 2013 Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Snowstorm Bonanza One 2013 Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

 

Snowstorm Bonanza Two 2013 Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Snowstorm Bonanza Two 2013 Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

 

Snowstorm Bonanza Three 2013 Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

Snowstorm Bonanza Three 2013 Copyright 2013 Lorelei Walsh Park

St. John’s, Newfoundland and the Avalon Peninsula were hit by a major winter storm that brought 52 centimetres of snow and winds up to 121 kilometres per hour (that is hurricane force for the interested reader!).  These pics show what greeted me, my husband and two kids when we opened the front door at about 8 am January 11.   It actually was another foot higher by noon when we ventured outside to start shovelling and snow blowing the snow from our driveway.  After three and a half hours of grueling work ( and play for the kids), we came in looking forward to a hot meal and were faced with a power outage.  We were equipped with a good emergency kit though and were still able to make a great meal and had hot chocolate and tea to finish it off.  As we have electric heat, our house started to get pretty cold by about 830pm and we were all in bed by 930pm to stay warm.  We slept like logs!  Hope you enjoy the pictures and keep warm out there!