Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sketches at DeLeon Springs State Park

These two little sketches (20-30 minutes each) were done Tuesday when we took some good friends to DeLeon Springs State Park, FL.  Nice setting.  In the Sugar Mill you make your own pancakes in the middle of the table.  Sprinkling on the toppings of your choice: pecans, bananas, chocolate chips, blueberries, etc.  

You can roughly see from my small map that we are 40 plus miles north and east of Orlando and about 25 miles from Daytona Beach.
Then we went for a boat ride with "Captain Frank" to see birds and alligators of course!  We saw a nest of baby alligators as this is mating/breeding time for them in FL.  

Like so many of our state parks, this one used to be privately owned and operated as a swimming and camping area.  Many parks we go to like Silver Springs were all privately owned at one time.  Some were private zoos or ski and swim shows and other tourist attractions.  It's hard to compete with Disney, Universal and Lego-land now.  But these old-timer parks have a lot of ambiance and history.  Many originally on Seminole Indian land.  

These sketches were done with and 01 Micron pen and my small Winsor Newton WC kit and a water pen in my moleskin journal.

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