Happy Friday everyone. Right now the weather is a mix of rain, snow and sleet. UGH!
I surprised myself yesterday and decided to take this teacher work day off (there are no kids in school today). The morning was training in suicide prevention, which is important, but which we have had twice in as many years (it's a pet project of my latest principal) and with my downer mood lately due to this never ending winter and all the family issues in the past 3 weeks, I think it is better to be proactive and skip it. Plus this afternoon was all about working with our subject team (no working alone our principal says), and my entire team is out from school today for various reasons. Joining another group was my option, which I don't mind, but working with the physic or chemistry teachers to plan lessons I would never use seems a bit like a waste of my time, and as I have tons of work I can do, but I would not be allowed to do, I might as well stay home..
(But can you tell I don't usually do this and I am still having to explain to myself why I am home.)
So I thought I would show you my fixed boat painting from my Florida journal.
Here's the view from the other day, half the boat out of the water.
And I fixed the water so now the boat is fully in the water.
Plus I love the sun on the water effect much better.
And as this page was when we visited the Flamingo part of the Everglades National Park. Here's a few photos.
We got to the Flamingo area on the late afternoon side, but got lucky since they were just loading for a sunset cruise into the bay. We ran into the park general store and bought tickets, which worked out great since this cruise, which could hold at least 30 people, only had 12 on it.
One of the coolest things we saw was all the nesting ospreys, which are a fish eating bird of prey.
And look, I even caught the baby popping up their head.
We do get ospreys here in New Hampshire, but they don't return until April, and certainly around here the concentration of them in a small area is much less.
Unlike much of the Everglades, we are right on the tip at the ocean here. The mangrove plants with their crazy roots are always cool to see.
Especially since you never know what might be hiding in them.
And we had another gorgeous South Florida sunset.
Right now I would like to be back there while I wait for another spring like day to arrive. BUT, on the positive side, it is a good day for some art!
Hope you're having (or had) a good day.