Barbara A. Lewis - Artist/Naturalist

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A Walk Among The Ancients

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 6:00 AM

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts,

as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees,

that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

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Storm Clouds and Other Delights

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:20 AM

One of the things I love about Florida are the dramatic cloud formations during our afternoon storms. The huge billowy white thunderheads start building throughout the day and by afternoon are at their peak. I love the way the light plays on them and no two formations are ever the same. I take lots of reference photos and most, if not all, of them eventually provide the basis for my paintings. We have been blessed abundantly this past week with gorgeous sunsets and dramatic lighting effects a...

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Lubbers and Raindrops

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 7:10 AM

I got out of work early and my husband David and I decided to explore one of our favorite parks, however as luck and Florida weather would have it, the sky started turning dark as soon as we got there. One of the things I like about this particular park is that it offers many places to seek shelter, and once the raindrops started falling we did just that - in an adorable little gazebo with a tin roof. It was so relaxing just sitting there watching the summer shower and talking about things an...

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The Eagle's Cry

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Recovering from a recent knee injury, I decided to take my camera this past weekend and go to one of our local parks and take a hike down one of its many trails. The park is bordered on one side by a huge lake and has several smaller lakes in the interior. The day was beautiful and a nice change from our stormy weather of late. Bright blue morning sky, lots of activity around the lake edges.


Because I was walking so slowly I was not disturbing the early morning feeders - I c...

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It Will Clear Up... Really!

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:48 AM

The day was overcast and rainy, but the rain stopped just long enough for a late afternoon photoshoot with one of our good friends, John Hartung of Artthatsmiles.com. John is a professional photographer and when he is home visiting in between art shows and events we always try and get together. We told him about the nesting colony of 200+ black skimmers behind the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary on Indian Shores, so we met him there and found him doing what he d...

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Strange smelly plants!

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM

While taking photos at a local botanical garden recently, I came across some odd shaped pods in a cactus garden. They look like something out of a sci-fi movie with their cluster of large, off-white shapes. So yesterday I revisted them and they were open, and much to my surprise filled with green bottle flies - the ones you usually see on roadkill or around garbage dumps. The flower itself was very interesting however, with hairy edges on each leaf and red wavy stripes down to a center core. ...

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Stormy Weather

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Living in a tropical state has its advantages and disadvantages. There are of course, the threatening tropical storms and hurricanes that plague us, along with fires during the dry season, drought and insects - millions of insects. I wonder sometimes how the original settlers survived Florida. But they did, and without the comfort of air conditioning. Tough folks who endured some tough living conditions.


We have it made today, although I still hear complaints about Florida ...

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Many Loves

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 6:34 AM

I have many loves in my life: music, art and poetry, but my greatest love is a wonderful husband who shares my interests and loves life and nature as much as I do.  David is an artist in his own right - photographer, videographer, inventor, funny and charming all rolled into one. He said one of his goals was to marry a girl who was an artist that loved nature and the outdoors as much as he did - and the rest is history so they say.

I could not do what I do if not for his love, supp...

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Busy Summer

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 6:46 AM

It has been a very busy summer so far - art, music, work - enjoying everything life has to offer! My husband and I are going on some fun camping trips soon - we have a new tent and can’t wait to get back out into nature. Florida is host to some of the best parks and natural areas anywhere and eventhough living in the city does not suit either of us, we know that a short drive in any direction will take us to amazing beaches, swamps, hardwood hammocks and state parks.

As a wildlif...

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Summer Is Here!

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

One of the interesting things about living in Florida is the weather. We have a very short winter season and our spring comes usually in February and runs through March into the first part of April, gradually warming up into summer. However, this year it seems as though we jumped from cooler days in March/April directly into the very hot days of summer. It is very dry and hot right now, so I have been spending more time indoors in the studio than I would like, only venturing out in late eveni...

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