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A Day to Reboot

June 1, 2009

This morning I thought it would be a good idea to leave for a while and commune with nature. Work in the house and the studio has gone on non-stop for the past few weeks. My husband has just gotten a spiffy new camera for Father’s Day, and so we both took our cameras and headed out to Lettuce Lake Park in North Tampa.

It’s just a short 25-minute drive to this beautiful nature preserve on the Hillsborough River. A long boardwalk through the swamp leads to many observation spots along the river, which is teeming with wildlife including many species of wading birds, turtles, alligators, and water moccasins, just to name a few. It’s nice to be able to walk above it all on the safe boardwalk. These pictures were taken with my little point and shoot camera.

I have seen gators here before, but today I didn’t spot any. The following picture shows a Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron Sm

I had to go online to look up this plant, a Buttonbush.

Buttonbush Sm
This is the view of the river at the end of the boardwalk.

Hillsborough River 1 Sm

And these are the water lilies just below the boardwalk.

Water Lilies Sm

And a panoramic view from the observation tower at the other end of the boardwalk.

Clouds over Hillsborough Sm

In the parking lot was a very curioius and cheeky squirrel,

who seemed to feel cheated that we didn’t have a handout for him.

Squirrel 2 Crop

Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down the pace, to relax outdoors and reboot. Weekends are always busy with the house being on the market. But days like today really do relieve the stress, and make me want more and more to paint outdoors. My husband could take his camera and I could take my paints.

Note: The painting from yesterday is not finished. I have to think about it for a while and decide what’s going to happen next with it. Thank you all for your feedback as it has progressed.

I hope your week will be a creative one!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra permalink
    June 1, 2009 6:48 pm

    What a beautiful part of your country you live in. Time out is really important, especially in stressful situations like your house sale. And I just LOVE your work in progress and the beautiful bright colours, really fascinated watching these paintings progress.

    • June 3, 2009 3:09 am

      Thank you, Sandra! I am only just now beginning to acknowledge how stressful this has been. So I’m now trying to consciously allow some time for decompressing. The painting helps, but a complete change of scenery is even better!

  2. June 1, 2009 8:21 pm

    Absolutely. Positively. Banked in the Goddess You: A happy traveler, allowed to see the grandeur that lies beneath our feet. I so envy your forays.

  3. June 1, 2009 9:08 pm

    Fun photos. Thanks for taking us along on your nature trip. Hope the house sells soon.

    • June 3, 2009 3:10 am

      Thank you, Leslie! We are getting a little antsy. Trying just to stay calm and positive, which of course is the only way it can work.

  4. June 2, 2009 12:44 am

    What a paradise! And thank you for sharing. The Blue Heron is a miracle!

    • June 3, 2009 3:12 am

      Yes, Eva! I marvel at the wildness that is accessible so close around us, even though you wouldn’t guess it here in the suburbs. (That is if you make exception for nocturnal armored intruders under the fence!)

  5. June 2, 2009 6:59 pm

    Lettuce Lake. What a great name. So green, so lush, and definitely restoring.

    • June 3, 2009 3:13 am

      Restoring it is, Seth. The lettuce in the name is for the water lettuce which is prolific in the swamp.

  6. June 4, 2009 9:18 am

    Wow. Absoultely beautiful. You’re very lucky to live so close to a place that’s so nice and serene. I hope you were able to relax and “reboot” as it were.

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