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Old 04-01-2017, 01:45 AM
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April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Welcome to the April Fur, Feathers and Scales Challenge.

I've chosen to use animals native to Florida, where my husband & I retired to last year. Some are my photos, a couple were taken by friends, and a few are public domain. Use as they are or crop as you desire, and render in your choice of medium.

ON THE 20TH OF EACH MONTH, PARTICIPANTS WILL UPLOAD THEIR ARTWORK, AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO WAIT TILL THE 20TH!
IT IS SO MUCH MORE FUN WHEN EVERYONE UPLOADS AT MORE OR LESS THE SAME TIME.............................................. ..................................

Florida Panther -in the news last week- A female and her kittens were spotted north of the Caloosahatchee River for the first time in nearly 45 years! We live just south of the river)


Next, Key Deer, found only in the Florida Keys. They're very tiny, and, obviously, very cute! (apologies about the graininess of the pic). The whole population is battling against a horrible screw-worm infestation that occurred last year. Many deer were lost, and only time will tell if its been eradicated.


I teach painting at an art gallery in Matlacha, where plenty of pelicans cruise up & down the inlet behind the gallery. Very entertaining!


I took this picture of an osprey who just caught lunch on Sanibel Island.


A local resident took this pic of Cape Coral's Burrowing Owls. They dig nesting burrows in yards & make nests in drainpipes. This pair are watching for hawks before letting their chicks above ground!


My friend Karen took this awesome pic of a Great Blue heron in flight - what a great shot!


This Gopher tortoise walked up our driveway one day. (we placed him back in the woods across the street) Our neighbor told us they are protected. If one decides to live in your yard, you are not allowed to move it without a permit! They're Florida's only native tortoise.


And last, one of Florida's best -known natives, the American Alligator. We have not seen any in our neighborhood, but they do live in many of the local ponds (and golf courses, lol)


I hope you enjoyed meeting some of the local wildlife!
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:59 AM
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Great photos Pat! So many Id like to do! Thanks for Hosting April.
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Beautiful slection of photos, thanks for hosting! I can't promise I'll be able to take part this month, I'm on the middle of a big commission as well as preparing to move house, but I'll try. I wouldn't know which one to pick though, they are all jumping out at me!

I still haven't finished January's challenge ... Or March's
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Great references to choose from. Thanks for hosting, Pat.
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Ohmygoodness! So much local wildlife!
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Wow Pat, such great ones from which to choose. Thanks for sharing and hosting!
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Thank you, Pat. Some lovely subjects. The big cat is beautiful and I like the heron.
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Great choices, Pat. Like Penny, I am favoring the panther and the heron.

BTW, I always wanted to visit Sanibel Island and the Darling reserve. Sometime I will PM you about that. Now, I just hope I can finish something by the end of the month!
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Great Photos!
I probably won't have time to do any but I did want to tell you they are awesome shots!
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

That cougar is so lovely with the light and shadow. I really want to try that one!
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Wonderful references Pat. I wonder which one will be the star of the show. Thanks so much for hosting.
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Yes Pat, thank you so much for the wonderful references this month. They are all great which makes it so,difficult to choose which one to do first, so I dove right in and added the Key doe and fawn to my sketchbook last night. I will likely do the panther next and will do It on a large scale as far as my watercolors go. Probably a full sheet portrait on Esparto grass paper just to keep my brushes busy.. My sister and her family live right down in Everglades City in Florida as well. The pelicans are their dock pets and they run an airboat concession on 1400 acres of Collier land that they have an exclusive lease on from the Collier family. They are Speedy and Margaret Johnson and the concession is Speedy Johnson's airboat tours. Her daughter Amanda and son in law Freddy currently run the concession and Margaret spends her days baking cakes and cookies for special occasions as a fund raiser for various charities in the area. The Johnson Family have lived there for generations and if you get down that way drop in and tell Margaret and Amanda that her Sister Deborah says hello! Take an airboat ride into the glades as this time of year things should be pretty busy in terms of the amount of birds and other wildlife you will see.
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

Lovely Pics Pat, I'm one week for my 3 weeks holidays, so, I'll try something in the move
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Re: April Feather Fur, & Scales Challenge

So glad you are all liking them!

Deborah, thanks for the family info - I would love to go down & take my hubby for an airboat ride! Maybe next time we have family visiting. I went several years ago & it was really interesting & a lot of fun! The everglades is a fascinating place. In fact, I'm going with the Art League to the Everglades Botanical Park later this week!

My Auntie even wanted to go on the airboat - she was in her late 90's - what a trooper! My cousin & I kept her squished between us so she wouldn't go overboard on those fast turns, lol!
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Some lovely photos to choose from, thank you !
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