Lots of hiking and not so much sketching on the next part of my trip: to the Everglades.
I was fascinated by these Cypress knees, knobby structures sticking out of the swamp that I sketched from a boardwalk with airplants, figs, cypress, turtles, egrets, ibis and alligators appearing on the scene and then quickly disappearing while I sketched.
Alligators were everywhere, about as common as rats in the New York subway. These are sketched from a safe distance above them, on a boardwalk that goes over a canal where they all congregated one afternoon. Being on a boardwalk and observing them is one thing. Hiking a narrow trail and only noticing the grey and glistening animal next to me at the last minute was a totally different experience.
This sketch is on the super-popular Anhinga Trail. There was an alligator in the background as always. But by this point in my trip, the water plants were the new and unusual thing I wanted to sketch, the alligators, I’d been spotting everywhere for a few days.
Here are previous posts in this series of sketches from Florida. Part 1: Sanibel Island, Part 2: Palm Trees, Part 3: Fishing Boats.
And for a fun comparison, here’s a post of my sketches from Florida from 12 years ago.