(Ormond Beach FL)
When I left work for the last time, I headed straight for a state park about an hour and a half away. I was worried about getting a site when arriving so late in the day. But, there was no problem as it was past tourist season.
Backing Tardis into this jungle like site was not difficult. But, getting level was more of a problem in the hard packed shell and sand; never did get it quite right. I expect to improve with more experience. It was hot and humid and soon it began to rain. But, I had electric and the air-conditioner kept me comfortable.
There is a reason this is considered a semi-tropical zone. Being in a coastal marsh with dense vegetation and afternoon rains only adds to the feeling. Venturing out in the morning was the only sane time to be hiking to see the sights. It was a short excursion, to get a few photos, because it was not suitable for painting in these conditions.
In times past I’ve enjoyed painting the fabulous scenery that surrounds this park. There is a popular scenic drive locally called The Loop that meanders through the backwaters. My painting “Primal Ormond” is typical of the area.
On my last day here, I went to the grocery, filled up on propane and had a late lunch with my artist friend on the deck of a charming riverside bistro. Then it was down the road to my next camp along the plein air journey.
Camp: Tomoka SP
Scene: Jungle like marsh island