Happy Thanksgiving Stuffing Card 300
Sharon Williams Eng
Photograph - Art With Text
This over-stuffed pelican just didn't know when to stop. He was spotted at the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The Peace River Wildlife Center sits on a spit of land reaching into the Peace River near Punta Gorda, Florida. On a recent visit, it was a rather drab day with a bad storm expected that afternoon. This calm "sea" before the storm presented a peaceful landscape scene.
Veterinarian Dr. Jerry Gingerich, who was also President of the local chapter of the Audubon Society, often found himself treating injured and orphaned wildlife which ended up at his veterinary office. In 1982, Dr. Gingerich consulted with Larry and Virginia Montaque who started treating the wildlife on the lanai of their home. In 1985, the Peace River Wildlife Center, Inc. became officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. According to its Website, since its beginnings the wildlife center has treated over 50,000 birds and small mammals. They house a number of permanent residents who are unable to be totally rehabilitated to be released into the wild. These residents who are kept in attractive, spacious aviaries and habitats, suggestive of their native environments, can be visited by the public. Among the birds available for viewing are Bald Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Ospreys, Crested CaraCara, Sandhill Cranes, Pelicans, Herons, Shorebirds, Cormorants, Songbirds, Crows and Vultures. The center also has tortoises and turtles, as well as mammals such as opossums and rabbits. The wildlife rehabilitation and education center is situated among the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda Isles, Florida.
In this version, I have added text - Happy Thanksgiving Stuffing - to create a Thanksgiving holiday card. When I look at this over-stuffed bird, that's immediately what comes to mind!
I am an exhibiting artist in southwest Florida and my art has been exhibited in galleries in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and is in
July 12th, 2019
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