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Robbing a Few Minutes! – #3, Volume 1 – January 6th, 2017

by on Jan.09, 2017, under Florida Outdoors!


Rob visits the site of the annual re-enactment of the ambush of Francis Dade December 29th, 1835 and still has problems with the moon!

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More Hiking Photos! – November 18th, 2016

by on Nov.18, 2016, under Florida Outdoors!

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Here are more photos from the hike along the trail in the Prairie Creek Preserve near Gainesville, Florida.

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I attended the Florida Springs Restoration Summit & here are photos!

by on Oct.02, 2016, under Florida Outdoors!, Friends

It's fellow artist Johnny Dame, graphic artist & fellow Florida history nut Rick Kilby and me.

It’s fellow artist Johnny Dame, graphic artist & fellow Florida history nut Rick Kilby and me.

Spent most of Saturday helping out at the Florida Springs Restoration Summit in Ocala, Florida. Got to help out with an event involving such an important subject as protecting our water for us now and future generations. The success of keeping our Florida water clean will save taxpayers tons of money. American taxpayers are already spending ridiculous sums of money trying to fix our water problems. Goal should be not to put us in this position in the first place. As our water goes bad, business stops being created and people stop moving to Florida. Desalinization is not an option. Neither practical or cost effective, as we’ve learned the hard way. Being excellent stewards of our natural resources will save us all.

I also got to spend time with friends and make some great connections.

Here are photos from the event!

David Simmons has done a lot to help our water troubles. If only more would follow him.

David Simmons has done a lot to help our water troubles. If only more would follow him.

 

A view across the room of the conference.

A view across the room of the conference.

Question & Answer time to the panel!

John Dunn, Silver Springs Alliance board member (in yellow), asks the panel a question.

 

Another view of the room. that's David Bottonly (in black) in the foreground, who filmed most of the summit.

Another view of the room. that’s David Bottomley (in black) in the foreground, who filmed most of the summit.

A panoramic view of the room during the action!

A panoramic view of the room during the action!

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My Works in Progress: Bill Partington – June 18th, 2016

by on Jun.18, 2016, under Cartooning, Florida History!, Florida Outdoors!

I’m getting to draw a friend and someone I admire – Mr. Bill Partington. Bill helped start or was director of the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Audubon Society, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Florida Conservation Foundation, etc, etc, etc. Bill was instrumental in getting president Nixon to stop a horrible project that would have destroyed natural Florida and waste nearly a billion taxpayer dollars, the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. He was also instrumental in creating a wildlife corridor system in Florida, stopping gator poaching, adding land to the Everglades, etc, etc.

Whatever good shape ‪#‎Florida‬ is in these days is due to the 50+ years Bill has dedicated to making our state a better place to live.

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I should add that Bill, along with another great Florida outdoor warrior, Ken Morrison, started a group that most in Florida belong to, FLAP. Bill and FLAP brought us the beloved and hilarious Calamity Calendar telling of everyday calamities in Florida. Florida political cartoonists, including myself, contributed to this calendar. FLAP had all sorts of other fun items that I’m going to reveal at Bill’s upcoming talk mentioned below. Many items involving my pal, Jeff Parker, who I can never thank enough for introducing me to Bill.

It was FLAP that fired me up to start my Swampy’s Florida.

The upcoming tlak by Bill: Bill has been gracious enough to be a speaker in our lecture series July 17, 2pm, for our Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology, to tell stories of adventure in Marion County environment! This is the artwork I’ve done to accompany the flyer announcing the event. i hope my fellow lovers of the Florida outdoors come out to hear of this great Florida Crusader!

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I’m Back at the Drawing Board! – June 13th, 2016

by on Jun.13, 2016, under Cartooning, Florida Outdoors!

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After being sick for so long getting back to the drawing board coughing all the way!

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Live at Torreya State Park along the trail during the War Between the States! – April 13th, 2016

by on Apr.11, 2016, under Florida History!, Florida Outdoors!

From Chattahoochee, I quickly made my way to Torreya State Park, near Bristol, to get travel and hiking information and to add a second live video using the new Facebook option. Here, I take the north trail from the Gregory House where the six cannon encampment had been for the confederacy during the Civil War.

You can plan a trip to Torreya State Park here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Torreya

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Video of Hiking Angus Gholson Park in Chattahoochee, Florida! – April 11th, 2016

by on Apr.11, 2016, under Florida Outdoors!

Been trying to get to Angus Gholson Nature Park again for almost ten years. I think I’d pit stopped here a few years ago with no time to go inside. i’d also heard it’s condition had greatly deteriorated. That is positively true.

Last I was actually here I met Angus Gholson as my wife, at the time, was working on one of her hiking book series. Then we hiked the trail. I recall it being my kind of natural trail.

It’s still a natural trail. more so in that there seems to be little to no upkeep of the trail. It’s obvious that the neighborhood doesn’t support the park. The great nearby restaurant I stopped at and others I asked had no idea the park was only blocks away. Bad sign for the future of the park.

Above is a video I made making use of Facebook’s new live feed.

 

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My newest watercolor of a fishing trip through #Florida – April 8th, 2016.

by on Apr.08, 2016, under Caricatures, Florida Outdoors!

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Just completed this watercolor painting of a duo taking a trip through natural #Florida!
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My newest #Florida painting – ‘Playing along the Oklawaha at Fort McCoy’ – April 1st, 2016

by on Apr.01, 2016, under Florida Outdoors!, Illusration

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Here’s my newest painting. The setting is the Oklawaha River from a photograph I took.
Eventually to be available as a print.
 
Here’s where some prints are available to purchase now:
http://store.theknowledgeexchange.com/collections/swampys-prints

http://store.theknowledgeexchange.com/collections/swampys-prints

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Hiking Circle B Bar in Lakeland – March 27th, 2016

by on Mar.27, 2016, under Florida Outdoors!

Did some hiking earlier in Circle B Bar Reserve. Much more now and to come over at Swampy’s Florida.

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Many thanks to my pals of many years, Russell and Alice Sue Noell for their hospitality this weekend. Great vittles and socializing! Another dear pal, Debbie Schafer, called while I was there exclaiming, “You’re socializing!!??!” It is an unusual occurrence.

Right now dashing off some artwork before I get home!

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