Orlando has become the iconic symbol of Florida. Walt Disney World is the number one tourist attraction in Florida with South Beach running a close second.
I love the beaches of South Florida. But my favorite place in Florida is the state’s estuaries. When I am there it is easy for me to imagine what Florida used be like. There’s something calming and quiet about visiting an estuary. The “rivers of grass,”manatees, and egrets make for a peaceful day. Life’s troubles and hurries pale against God’s creation at its best. I often seek out an estuary when looking for a place to paint.
Fort George Island near Jacksonville is my favorite estuary and my favorite place to paint. It’s a place most tourists bypass and that’s fine with me.