Drinking cold (no ice) decaf black tea tonight... I have this thirst I can't seem to shake today. Anyway, I thought I had posted this pastel painting before, but couldn't find it in my archives... This is Audubon's Crested Cara Cara... a regal bird that lives in Florida's prairie habitat.
I've been planning a field trip for some Board members to drive through the Myakka River watershed. The highlight of the trip will be the drive through the Myakka Prairie. The Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest State Parks. Combine that with adjacent District and County conservation lands and you have one big hunk of Florida. The prairie is mesic, meaning it can be wet or dry depending on the time of year. Tomorrow I'm doing my trip recon... I'm meeting a park biologist and we are going to drive the prairie and determine the best route to take my Board members. Yay!!! I LOVE this place!!! The wildflowers are incredible and hopefully there will be some blooming to photograph... Like these...
Helianthus angustifolia - Narrow Leaved Sunflowers - There's a green spider on one of these. Can you find it?
Helianthus radula - Rayless Sunflowers - They don't look like much here, but they are a beautiful deep violet red in color. They are one of my favorites.
Either way... I'll be gone until Friday night (no the field trip won't be that long, but I have other business down south too)... and I'm planning (again) to do the wine fest Saturday, so hopefully I won't be too worn out (like last time when I had been traveling all week)! So Happy Tea Tuesday and don't forget to visit Kimmie's side bar to find more Tuesday Tea!