Exhibition At the Salt Marsh Town Hall (WPC Connected)

The older Great Blue Heron, the Mayor of the marsh, is always hatching plans to tighten the community connections at the salt marsh. Permanent marsh residents will need to manage the soon upcoming bi-annual migration conference as a team. Without a hitch. He’s expecting big crowds, like last year.

So he’ll be throwing a Labor Day party at the town hall, with a special exhibition in the tree gallery. Under the theme “Connected”, he wants to show portraits of all those residents who’ll be sharing the salt marsh smorgasbord with migrating visitors, and others just stopping by for a snack. I volunteered to help. And to ensure timely delivery, persuaded this older gentleman to accept digital paintings.

Here my friends, you’ll get a sneak peek of these portraits before we’ll hang them up later today.

older great blue heron paint
Martin, the Mayor – the older Great Blue Heron
portrait of the young great blue heron paint
Billy – the younger Great Blue Heron, also known as the culprit (particularly by the Osprey family)
Harry – the Green Heron
portrait of little blue heron3 paint
Lilly – the Little Blue Heron
yellowcrowned night heron portrait paint
Norbert – the Yellow-crowned Night Heron
black-crowned night heron portrait paint
Nelly – the Black-crowned Night Heron
tricolored heron
Trina – the Tri-colored Heron
great while egret portrait paint
Gregory – the Great Egret
portrait of a reddish egret paint
Rudolf – the Reddish Egret, also known as the clown
snowy egret portrait paint
Sally – the Snowy Egret
nanday parakeet portrait paint
Polly – the Nanday Parakeet
papa osprey portrait paint
Stanley – the Osprey, also known as Papa Osprey
mama osprey portrait paint
Sandy – the Osprey, also known as Mama Osprey
roseate spoonbill portrait paint
Rosa – the Roseate Spoonbill

I’m hoping it’ll be a nice exhibition. And I’m planning to join the party despite allergies that have hit me this weekend. Let’s stay connected, and thanks for visiting 🙂

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87 thoughts on “Exhibition At the Salt Marsh Town Hall (WPC Connected)”

  1. Tiny!! WOW!!! What a fantastic job you did to portray the incredible LIFE found in the salt marsh. May you have much FUN at this gallery!!! I SO enjoyed your post today!!! Love, Amy ❤

    1. Thank you Amy! Happy you enjoyed the post. I’ve been thinking to document the residents for a long time, and this challenge just clicked in 😀 Of course there are others, like the many visitors, and all the smaller birds who don’t necessarily hang around the salt marsh for a long time. Much love ❤

    1. I know, but thanks for the reminder, Nancy. Yesterday would have been impossible to go near any birds. Today little less frequent sneezing and the sand has dropped off my eyes so I can see much better 🙂

    1. Thank you Susan. Happy you enjoyed the portraits. I’m much better today, feel almost back to normal as the allergy medicine is finally kicking in 🙂

    1. Glad you liked my artistic endeavor, Jackie. It was so much fun to work on these as yesterday I felt like I had a flu, and couldn’t do much else. That was ACHOOO all day. Today the medicine is finally kicking in and I feel much better. Hugs ❤

        1. Even Bumble’s vet advised me to buy the allergy medicine now for Bumble who can get breathing problems with allergies. She said it’s very bad this year. So far Bumble is doing much better than me 🙂

    1. Thanks! I thought I’d be good to present them all at the same time, just in case the salt marsh saga will continue with some twists and turns this fall 😉

    1. Thank you for your kind words, LL. Happy you came to visit. I hope you are enjoying this long weekend and have some time off. Much love ❤

  2. Wow! Love the contrast and color Tiny.
    I bet the gang would also agree. I’m pretty sure they look younger, brighter and bursting with life. At their best 🙂
    Mother nature enhanced creates great art!!

    1. Thanks Karen! Happy you enjoyed the bright colors. My allergies are much better today, and it’s raining so the pollen will be much less 🙂

  3. Lovely photos! Great exhibition. I don’t have the patience for photographing birds – but it is probably because I don’t have patience in general – something I need to work on. Thank you for the reminder. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment and your visit! I just like to follow these guys…and get some exercise when I look for them. A wonderful week to you too.

  4. Absolutely exquisite, Tiny! I love the work you do. This is such a lovely way to teach about the incredible variety of beautiful birds that make the salt marsh home. It could be a powerful tool to educate the public and legislators about necessary protections, and an excellent resource for schools… just a couple ideas – I’m sure you can think of many more 🙂

    1. Thank you Carol. Even locally the salt marsh is a “well kept secret” as we say, although it is part of the Florida Birding Trail. People simply don’t know there are so many birds to enjoy. I’m thinking of a book, maybe…and hoping I’ll get the time to work on it 🙂

  5. What a terrific, colorful portrait gallery! I can’t get over how many different kinds of herons there are. How thoughtful of the Mayor to let visiting birds and humans alike know who’s who in the salt marsh, and how kind of you to help him out. Hope your allergies are kept manageable with the medication – the ragweed up here gets me every time I walk out the door.

    1. Thank you Barbara – happy you enjoyed the portraits! My allergies are due to ragweed too, but luckily I feel much better now as the medicine has kicked in. I’ve been out twice this week and survived 🙂

    1. Happy you liked the vividly colored birds. These are the birds that I most often see, but of course there are others visiting from time to time, and lots of small song birds as well. If not a “caretaker” they certainly have a friend 🙂

  6. Thank you Laurie. I didn’t dare to go out much last weekend, so I decided to see what I could do with some creativity. It was fun…and allergies are now under control, more or less.

    1. Thank you Sharon! Happy you liked my digital paintings of the salt marsh residents. I’m hoping to get a project that would bring me to Helsinki a few times this fall/winter/spring. If that materializes I hope we can have kahvi ja pulla one day 🙂 Much love & hugs!

  7. Wow!! Beautiful work, Tiny! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂
    Love your new theme for the blog. Don’t know why my reader did not pick up your recent posts… 😕

    1. Thank you, Amy! The reader drops (unfollows) people altogether and, if you’re not continuously there reading throughout the day, it can have gaps of many hours of posts when you try to check older posts. It’s happened to me so many times that I don’t use it very much. I’ve bookmarked the blogs I really want to check on (incl. yours) so I can read when I have the time 🙂

      1. But, I have not missed your post until you last week’s post. Also, whenever they upgrade their reader format, a bunch disappear from my reader…

  8. Wonderful digital artistry! Now if we could only transform allergies into something more pleasant. 😉 Glad the meds have kicked in. It’s almost time for me to start taking Claratyne again. 😦 Wattle, pine and all sorts are beginning to fill the spring skies.

    1. Thank you Gallivanta. I’m taking my Claritin (may be the same med as yours?) every day and feel mostly fine. Now I’m out as much as the time permits.

      1. Yes, I think that would be the same medicine. It’s the best I have ever had for allergy season. Some days it’s not 100% effective and I end up wearing a dust mask, and staying indoors as well, 😦 but most days it works a treat.

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