“Florida is America’s basement. It’s wet, it’s filled with mold, strange insects, alligators …” Robert California
This is my favorite quote from last week’s episode of The Office – Probably because it’s so true.
Yes, the tropical heat and humidity can be just completely unbearable at times – But it is this climate that allows Florida to house some of the coolest wildlife in America. I feel like every day I come across a new and interesting creature whose identity I need to discover. I’ve come face-to-face with 4-foot iguanas, even bigger alligators, prehistoric-looking knight anoles and tiny, curious geckos. The aquatic and avian life here is also pretty amazing – I spotted a juvenile brown pelican floating in the pond outside my lab window just this past week!
A few months ago, the local mangroves inspired me to stitch this tropical embroidery piece. I have since decided to expand on this idea and start the Florida Wildlife Collection.
I aim to create an embroidery art line highlighting Florida flora and fauna – I already have my second piece completed and a third in progress – Check it out!
The Mosquito: (listed in the shop)
The Little Blue Heron: (in progress)
How does nature inspire you?