Sunday, October 30, 2011

CTF Fall Round Up

Mark Your Calendar
Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hans and Debbie Tanzler's Cypress Grove Farm
Waldo, Alachua County, Florida
See horse and carriage demonstrations, kid friendly activities, hayrides with a horse and carriage. Painters from "6 Artists, 6 Prairies" will be creating art live at this event.
Invitations will be mailed to members and partners soon! To receive yours, and support land conservation, Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Support the event and appear in the program. Shhhh!  There will be a silent auction to benefit the CTF.Need directions? Get Directions Here and meet some event sponsors.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finished Painting

This is the finished painting with the old railroad bridge and Paynes Prairie in the background.
Charles Dickinson

Painting the Prairies

While painting the railroad bridge on the edge of Paynes Prairie, writer David and photographer Kim Stringer stopped by after shooting photos of the prairie wildlife and then photographed this wildlife! I had such a great day painting! The prairie has so much to offer.
Charles Dickinson

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Color on the Prairie

Sometimes it's fun to push the color on a painting, particularly in the fall when all of the possibilities on my palette are available. The landscape comes alive with rusts, purples, reds oranges and wheat colors added to the Florida greens that grow year round. Lots of fun mixing these delicious colors even though they are exaggerated.

Linda Blondheim

Monday, October 10, 2011

Speaking about "The Edge"

The prairies fascinate me with their broad spectrum of vegetation and wildlife. I really enjoy all aspects of the prairie including the landscape that lies on the border. This was painted at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and looks out over the prairie through the dense brush and branches of this beautiful old tree. I found this old tree intriquing and the view beyond this tree into the prairie just as intriquing!

Charles Dickinson

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

“Last Child in the Woods” author Richard Louv struck such a chord with the staff and board of ACT that we brought him to Gainesville in 2006 to be the keynote speaker for our Conservation Stewards Banquet. He spoke to over a thousand people that week as we carried him around to any group who would listen, and his message forever changed the mission of Alachua Conservation Trust. His book is a compelling investigation into the implications of raising a generation of children without any meaningful connection or comfort with the outdoors. Mr. Louv is returning five years later to Gainesville with a new message in his book, “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and The End of Nature Deficit Disorder.” Supported by ground-breaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more
sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Louv makes a convincing case that we are entering the most creative period in history, that in fact the twenty-first century will be the era of human restoration in the natural world. This encouraging and influential work offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.

Richard Louv will be speaking and reading at Prairie Creek Lodge on Saturday, October 8th in an evening that includes a social hour and dinner. Florida Defenders of the Environment and Santa Fe College are cosponsoring his visit with ACT – please come for an interesting and inspiring evening, but we do require reservations at: or (352) 378-8465.

~ From the Alachua Conservation Trust, whose latest Gazetteer full of interesting news has just been published!