Thursday, March 24, 2011

Copeland Baptist Church

Copeland Baptist Church, originally uploaded by Elizabeth Smith.

I was invited to attend a sketch outing at Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve near Copeland, Florida, and the first place we visited was the historic church at Copeland. Copeland is a small community (population just under 300) nestled against the edge of the Preserve. During our visit, we were treated to a tour of the interior and a brief history of the church and area by Reverend John Gilmore. The church was built in 1947 of local cypress during the peak of the logging period, closing briefly when logging declined in the 50’s.

After lunch, we joined a scout troop for a swamp walk at the Preserve through some of the most beautiful sloughs and hammocks in Florida. I wasn’t able to sit down and sketch, but I brought back reference photos for the future! This was part of the Arts in the Preserve – En Plein Air event for March. You can read about the upcoming get-together for April by clicking on the “Events” tab at the top of my blog under the masthead. A warm thank you to Amy, Kathryn, and Karen for sharing their creativity that morning, and a BIG thank you to Karen, a park ranger at Fakahatchee, who organized the event and shared her knowledge of flora and fauna. It was a beautiful day!

You can click on the caption above to view it on my Flickr photostream.