Wednesday, March 19, 2014

R.I.P. Robert Butler Florida Highwayman

Robert was a friend of mine.  Somewhere I have some photos of when he visited us here in Muddy Valley. He will be missed.

He was a member of the well-known African-American artist's group, The Highwaymen
The history of the Florida Highwaymen artists, of which Robert Butler was a part, is a fascinating story.  During the early 1950’s and through the 1980’s a group of 26 African-American artists known as the “Florida Highwaymen” used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wide-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they traveled to sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece. The creativity and talent of these artists has made them famous for their idyllic landscapes of rural Florida and they were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.  Their works are also displayed at Florida’s state capitol.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Elk

 There were five bulls butting heads on the field cam. If you click to enlarge it you can see them.

 The camera up in the woods on the hill has taken some pretty nice shots. I'm going to leave it in that location.
This guy has dropped his antlers. They are somewhere between the two cameras.
 He walked up to the camera & then noticed a couple of blacktails were following him, turned & chased them away.

 They are in the lower right corner.

This guy must be a critic!