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Visiting Placida,FL A painting and photo experience

November 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Peace River Plein Air painters meet every Monday morning at various interesting locations around the area.  This week it was Placida, a well known local destination by the Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande.  The grounds house a marina, restaurant, several art galleries and a fishery with  picturesque views of the sound.

The artists set up all over the area to paint their impressions of the colorful seaside buildings, boats both sea worthy and not, and sea scenes.  You can purchase paintings right off the easel.

Barbara Archer Baldwin's pastel is below.  Contact Barbara at [email protected] if you would like to purchase it, or any other of her wonderful art.

 

I usually go along  so I can get some photography practice and once in a while, I get a saleable one.  Today, I was delighted to see lots of pelicans on the sound.

This is usually not surprising as Pelicans are here year round, however these are White Pelicans!  It is my first opportunity to photograph them close up. 

If you walk past the restaurant and through the outside eating area, there is a long pier that extends into the shallow water.  It is the best viewing area for all of the sea scenes and particularly the bird life.

The marina has a number of slips and you can tie up to the pier if you are just eating at the restaurant.

A partially submerged shrimp boat makes for a good painting or photo subject.

A young Osprey watches the action.  It was there the entire time I was taking photos and did not budge at all. I guess you can tell from the photos so far that it was overcast most of the morning.  The distant light was bright so I had some difficulty with the back lighting.  Thank you PhotoShop for editing tools that allow adjustment of the shots.

At first the pelicans stayed far out and I had to use the 240mm lens to even get close, but after about 30 minutes, they drifted in towards the pier and I was able to get much better photos.  Photographing wildlife takes lots of patience.  But nature often rewards if you wait long enough.  Also, I took 177 photo's to get just a few really good ones, so if you go out, don't be hesitant to take lots of shots.  You can sort through them later for "gems".

Unlike brown pelicans, these did not feed by diving into the water, they just drifted along and occasionally would dip their heads and come up with a fish.  It is interesting that the pouch is translucent and the fish's silhouette is visible through the membrane.

Mostly they swam in groups but occasionally one would be separated by itself.  The bird above came into a shaded area and gave me several poses below.  I am so lucky to have had this chance to get this close to them.

This one above is my favorite.  Reprints of any of these photos can be arranged by contacting me on email at [email protected] or by just leaving a comment on this web site.  I will respond quickly.

 

Notice the color of the beak is more rosy on top and goldish below.  Beautiful birds.

One final note about 2 trees that grow in the middle of the art galleries.  They are "Gumba Limbo" trees I am told.  Photos below.

 


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