Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FLOR500

Pinepink, framed and ready for the show.
My entry for FLOR500 - #371 Pinepink, one of our terrestrial orchids.  I've seen this at Fakahatchee several times, noticing that it likes growing along the edges of roadways and wooded areas.  It seems to enjoy full sun or semi-shade and thrives in rocky ground - a true survivor plant!  It has long strap-like basal leaves that are pleated and come to a tapering point.

You may remember my earlier studies of this orchid from our sketching at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, once last March, and again last April, in two very different locations.
You can see the works in person of artists in our southwest Florida region on display at:
South Regional Library
8065 Lely Cultural Parkway
Naples, FL 
(239) 252-7542

Medium: watercolor on paper.
FLOR500 is an exciting and unique collaborative project, drawing in artists from all over the state of Florida.  Each artist selects a subject from a list of 500 native wildflowers, plants that were growing  when Ponce De Leon set foot on a peninsula filled with flowers, inspiring him to name our state La Florida (flowery land).  In addition to the artworks, wildflower gardens are being planted outside schools and libraries.

Visit their website: www.FLOR500.com
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