Tuesday, April 7, 2009


REELING IT IN is a 7x5 pastel on PastelBord. Bidding begins at $100.

I won't say exactly what he's reeling in. But he said,"Take a picture, quick, of the bent pole!" He didn't need to say what an impressive picture it would make. He'd show it off to his fishing buddies.

I didn't want to get too close to the creek; I had been warned of alligators. We were traveling home from Daytona Beach, and stopped at Cross Creek, the former homesite of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. She wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek there in her solitude, surrounded by her orange grove, palmettos and Spanish Moss. Her home is just as she left it, with the typewriter on a table on the screened-in front porch. Chickens and ducks roam the yard; the orange grove still bears fruit, as evidenced by the powerful aroma of orange blossoms. One of the few remaining spots in Florida that hasn't given way to development, it's now a State Park.

OK, OK. I'll tell you what he was reeling in. A fallen branch. But it was a big one.

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