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Amelia Island Artists Workshop
Sandra Baker-Hinton
218A Ash Street., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904-491-8040,  904-557-1195 cell
http://www.sandrabaker-hinton.com
http://www.ameliasanjongallery.com
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Well, I stayed late and was able to get some serious work done without people visiting me and stopping by to chat.  Now I am starting to see the end.  Still lots of touch-up work but that will be fun.  Edges have to be finished to match what is on the front and then a glaze to seal it all in and make it the same degree of shininess



The T-Shirts are finally here.  I will be getting them out this week.  If you have not paid I will be sending you an invoice to do so.  If you are picking them up, I will have them sorted out as to which are whose in a couple of days.  If you would still like to order one, I have been given a reprieve and can still do that, as I missed a couple of orders and am able to re-order.
 
If you have not been tracking Squall the Sea Turtle released from our island in September here is the latest.  I, (as you can also), signed up for notifications, so each moring I automatically get my Squall update.  She seemed to have a bit of trouble adjusting to the one flipper swimming as she hung out off shore here for several days wandering around but then she got the hang of it and has made a beeline for the waters South of us.  She is now hanging out around Melbourne Beach just South of Cape Canerval.  She hangs out pretty close to shore but seems to be doing fine so far.

Last thing before I get to my story is this:
"Small Business Saturday" is the one after Thanksgiving, and if you Amex users purchase a minimum of $25.00, they will credit your card for $25 toward your purchases.  Check with your card issuer, to register for the program and learn the monetary details.  It is designed to help the local businesses survive the overseas onslaught, so that we can be here to participate in "The future".
 
The last workshop of our workshop season came, and as we usually do, we like to take the group on the Amelia River Cruise for a good experience and to learn a bit of what our island is all about.  This time, it was a watercolor class taught by Ken Austin.  He must have worked those ladies too hard because only he and I made the cruise.  Workshop groups are each quite different, some wanting to get out and see the sights, and others just wanting to crash after a long, hard day of painting.
We were very lucky to find my favorite crew on board, Ellyn and Captain Pajama Dave.  I love going with them as it is so entertaining and not always predictable.  Sure they say some of the same things but they are flexible as are most artists and Ellyn is an artist herself.  I was taking photos of my favorite marina subject, the reflections, when Ellyn pointed out the Manatee in the water.  Do you see it?  She knew it was there because she put it there.  It was a sculpture she did herself and tossed into the he water.  When the tide is low as it was then you can see it stick its head up.  Very cool because real Manatees come to this area frequently and had been spotted there earlier that day when the tide was higher.  It is starting to cool down so the Manatees are migrating South and up into the rivers to get closer to the springs which feed into the rivers for the warmth that some of those springs provide.  Water coming out of the ground at 74 degrees feels good on a 35 degree morning.
 
There were many exciting reflections happening in the water as we loaded up for the now familiar trip for some of us, but always something new too, even if it is just the sunset which never exactly duplicates itself.
 
The water and the light was a good time for reflections from one of the shrimpboats we passed.
 
A first for me was that there was no big ship docked at the marina, leaving the concrete docks to give me some very unusual reflections.  If you did not know what this was you would never guess, don't you think?
 
With the blue sky and the railroad cars all lined up, I thought the shapes and the lines of the whole Rock Tenn Plant interesting.  I am still a bit mad at them over the smog I saw coming from their facility on the Cumberland Trip though.
 
I would really like to do kayak fishing sometime.  I think that would be great fun.  It have wondered if you caught a really big fish wouldn't it propel your kayak a bit?  That might be a little added adventure. 
 
I don't think I realized just how big this shell midden is at the mouth of Eagan's Creek next to Tiger Bay Marina.  The big Egret was using it as a good vantage point to sit and hang out for a while.
 
A dilemma for this fisherman.  Should he risk his footing to reach for the net nearby to land his catch or just try lifting it out without dropping it in the water.  Those oyster shells are pretty sharp.  Sure wouldn't want to risk dropping that cigarette either.
 
The cooler weather has brought more of the gulls onto the leeward side of the island to roost for the night.  Part of the answer to the question "where do the gulls go at night when they leave the beach?"  The gull poop makes it look like the old rusty barge is decorated with a fringe all around the top.
 
A large flock of Brown Pelicans fly overhead looking for a place to spend the night also.  Ellyn was saying that they always fly in a "V", but she asked, "did we know why there were always more on one side than the other?"  No one knew of course.  She said it was "because there were more on one side than the other."  OK, now I spilled her punch line.  Pretend when you go on the cruise that you don't know the answer.
 
Captain Dave was able to get us in close enough and early enough to see the horses.  We had to bypass the cruise by the fort to have enough time with the shorter days to make it before the horses left to go into the tree line for the night.
 
A great Blue Heron was hanging out at the flats, and with the tide low, the oyster beds were sticking up out of the water letting you know that wading here would risk unseen hazards for your feet with the water higher.
 
This is my favorite tree to photograph.  The low sun always gives it an interesting shape and color highlighting its gnarly trunk and branches contrasting with the straight lines of the palm nearby.  With fall, some of the trees have lost their leaves but not the Live Oaks.  They will lose them partially nearer springtime but will not become totally bare.
 
With the shorter days it becomes a rush to get into the creek and out in time to see the sunset over the islands.  We see that we are running out of time as we see it through the silhouette of the trees along the creek.  The setting sun makes the palm look as if it is a large lamp putting out the light for the night ahead.
 
It is only minutes before it is gone behind the tree line.  The colors in the clear cloudless sky are ever-so-softly blended with the yellows, oranges finally fading toward purple with the blues from the sky in the mix.
 
We still have enough light to see if we can find any more horses or birds up the creek a ways.  The calmness of the water gives us nice reflections of the creek bank which seems to move with the hundreds of Fiddler Crabs which are swarming its edge waving their big pinchers in their violin playing imitation to attract the females.
 
The reflections are almost mirror-like, but not quite as there is enough of a breeze to keep that from happening.  The setting sun on the opposite side gives a pink glow to the Eastern sky as well.
 
The Spanish Moss and twisted branches of a downed tree give a spooky feeling to the almost Halloween time frame.
 
The blaze from the setting sun sets the water afire also as it peeps through the tree line.
 
A dad was trying to get his beautiful daughter's attention as he photographed her but she was more interested in the strange lady who was also photographing her at the same time.
 
Now the sun is almost gone as we race toward the river to try to catch its final dip below the horizon.
 
We do not make it completely out into the river channel, but this is a pretty view also, just not the long reflections in the water we like to find.
 
The other Amelia River Cruise boat passed us with a charter group having a good time on it.  The surprise from what had appeared as a clear sky from the creek found us some colorful clouds as some promised rain clouds are moving in from the Southwest.
 
It gave the delayed cruise by Fort Clinch a very special view.  I may have to frame this one to go on display at the fort itself.
 
The light was almost too dim and the motion of the boat too much to get the focus I would have liked; we got our last glimpse of color as we neared our home port on another lovely, perfect evening excursion on the Amelia River Cruise.  Thanks to Ellyn and Dave, our crew, for making it such an enjoyable trip.
 
I have replenished my stock of silver Sea Turtles at the gallery.  The tiny turtle in the egg moves, and no. 2 moves all his flippers and his head, and I now have 3 sizes of those.  I only have one in each of the sizes.  I also have two sizes of the Dolphin and Sea Turtle. 
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