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Tropical Dreaming (On Such A Winter’s Day)
By Cheryl Renee Long
December 28, 2015
Hello! I’m looking forward to meeting many of you Jan. 4 when the colored pencil online class starts.
Yesterday I purchased sturdy rubber boots with a confetti pattern to enliven gray days, rain and wading across flooded trails. After-Christmas shopping for myself included warm fuzzy mittens and wool hiking socks. It is winter in the Pacific Northwest – wet, cold, and flooding. We are delighted, of course. Last summer we fought a forest fire in our local Hoh Rainforest. Water is essential to maintaining a rainforest with its giant cedar trees and acres of hanging moss. Rain is a must.
However, desert rat that I am, my paintbrush longs for sunshine, palm trees, blazing orange and pink sunsets and enticing cenotes.
Cenotes are small lakes or pools of fresh water in the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Today, I drew my imaginary go-to place to relax and meditate. People swim and snorkel in the cenotes. The trail across the landscape is populated by two cars and people walking. The gulls are ever present along with the colorful sailboats in the Caribbean.