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Weekends in the Parks

June 15, 2009

Yesterday we went to the park with the three dogs — pretty much of a ritual around here. My husband takes his new camera and I take both my point and shoot and my little camcorder. Yesterday was too hot and still for much animal and bird activity, though the park visitors told us there was a big gator not far out in the water. But we couldn’t see it. It was undoubtedly staying cool underneath the surface.

On Saturday we went to Florida Botanical Gardens, without the dogs, where we did get some nice pictures and I got some decent video footage. The video needs some editing, but below are some examples of the flowers we saw.

But first, we were greeted with this:

Beware of Alligators Sm

And the flowers. I love to photograph flowers, because they don’t move much.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Blackberry Lily

Blackberry Lily



Water Lily

Water Lily

Another Water Lily

Another Water Lily

I came home with a nasty bite from an evil and sneaky insect. At first I thought it had probably been a mosquito, but today I have a big red welt on my leg. So I’m thinking it must have been a deer fly, which causes a very bad allergic reaction. At least I wasn’t attacked by that alligator!

I have to get back on the paintings that are in progress. They’re about ready, but still need more coats of gel.

And here is another one of my new collages.

Looped Sm

“Looped” – Collage, 5 x 7″

I hope you’re planning some nice summer art activity this week. Let me know what’s going on in your studio.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2009 12:06 pm

    Wonderful photos! I love the purple waterlilies.
    In my studio happened some acrylic painting, shown on my blog, and I couldn’t resist the temptation to increase colour saturation to the almost unbearable.

  2. sherrill pearson permalink
    June 15, 2009 12:14 pm

    Hi Martha,

    Thanks for the great photos. Generous as always with we your fans.:)

    That bite you got kind of concerns me. I was reading about Lyme’s disease the other day, and they showed in a photo, what a deer fly bite looks like and explained that if you have a large red ring around the perimeter of the bite you should be tested.

    I’ll check the net again and if I find a good article i’ll forward it to you. 🙂

    • June 15, 2009 12:28 pm

      Ewwwww, Sherrill. Thanks for the warning. I’ve been bitten by these things maybe three times that I knew what they were (caught them in the act.) Each time I got an infected sort of area from them, but never a big red ring. I’ll keep an eye out for that. I was pro-active this time and have been rubbing antibiotic ointment into it plus some tea tree oil. It looks better this afternoon. I do know that they carry bad things. My fault for not having insect repellent with me.

  3. June 15, 2009 8:30 pm

    I was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease over 20 years ago so please do not wait long to just check it out. It was rare back then in Ohio and we had several doctors work together to get the correct treatment. Meds early are helpful and complications are great if not attended to. You have too much to do to deal with this unfortunate disease. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen

    • June 16, 2009 3:32 am

      Thank you for your concern, Mary Helen. I truly would not have thought about Lyme disease if you and Sherrill hadn’t mentioned it. I did know about possible infection from these bites, and have had them get a secondary infection before, but didn’t know Lyme was one of the things they carry. I’m happy to say that this morning it is much, much better. It is likely that it was the normal reaction to the anti-coagulant that they inject.

  4. June 16, 2009 12:53 am

    The waterlilies are lovely, whilst I am not really a flower person I appreciate the beauty and on occasion have a flower phase.
    You say flowers do not move, they do here in the wind!
    As it happens Ii have just posted a couple of shots English Roses from the garden on my by blog.
    Hope the insect bite is better.

  5. June 16, 2009 3:34 am

    Yes, much better, thanks Chris!

    You’re right, flowers do move in the wind. There was some breeze on Saturday and I took some video footage of the trees rustling in the wind.

    I’m coming over to your blog to see the roses!!

  6. June 16, 2009 8:18 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place. And a beautiful collage. I have to ask. Did yous ee any alligators??

    • June 17, 2009 3:44 am

      Seth, we didn’t see any gators, thank God! It was too hot for them at that time of day. They tend to stay under water. However, I was still very vigilant where the path was remotely near the water, like where that sign was!

      When we take our dogs to the parks where there are ponds and lakes, we stay well away from the bank, because gators are faster than most people realize.

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