THE OTHER FLORIDA

Fort George Island, Florida

Fort George Island, Florida

 

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.

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