Pink Flamingos



This canvas design reminds me of an attractive Visit Florida tourism poster: pink flamingos, oranges, beaches, and plentiful sunshine.

The canvas is 18-mesh mono. I think the flamingo would look lovely if stitched in hot pink Gumnuts “poppies,” combined with a whispy thread, such as Fuzzy Stuff, or Petite Peluche.

I would use the Nobuko stitch for the sand, and, just for excitement, a bargello variation for the ocean, in a sparkly thread like Petite Sparkle Rays. A sparkly woven stitch in a bright green metallic might work nicely for the palm leaves.

But while this design is fine and dandy for the tourist crowd, sometimes what you really want to see is what Florida used to be like, before all the marinas, condos, and million dollar homes on the water.

Actually, that’s still free for the lookin’ around here.

Let’s take another one of those day trips of ours, to see what the unspoiled environment used to look like.  This time, we’ll gaze out at “Turtle Beach” from the behind the spot on the long ocean barrier island we saw in the previous post, where all the turtle nests were marked off.

Here’s a map of where we’re going. 

To the left is the start of the trail we are taking.  If you click on the pic, you’ll better see the barrier island on the right (due east, facing toward the Intercoastal waterway, where we are heading). The top part of the map is due north, and is demarcated by salt water wetlands, because that is where the St. Lucie inlet is located, which leads to the ocean.  The bottom part of the map is the southern portion of the park, which has progressively fresh water wetlands.

Here is the start of the elevated boardwalk that runs over the wetlands.

It continues down here.   A rather gorgeous stroll, I would say. 

You might want to smell the wild flowers along the way.  There was definitely a scent of jasmine when I took these pics earlier today.

Cat 2 and 3 hurricanes came by this way not that long ago.  Uprooted this tree, which managed to stay alive, despite its exposed root system.

Freshwater swampland.  Lots of critters around here.  I’ve often wondered how the native Americans managed to survive traveling around here without ruining their feet, not to mention getting bitten by lethal water snakes.

Here we are, finally.

These are mangrove roots, which are often used by pregnant sharks as nursery grounds.  You see all kinds of things swimming around, right by the boardwalk.

Like these needle nosed fishes.  See how clean the water is.

This is a view of what I call “Turtle Island,” as seen from behind.   You can easily paddle over there, from a public boating slip that’s not far from here.


There’s always speed limits, even in Paradise.   But the poor manatee still get their hides sliced up by the propellers of careless, and quite frankly, sometimes inebriated joy ride boaters.


And this is why many come to this part of Florida… Peck’s Lake, best spot, say some, to fly cast for the fabled but wily snook.  As you can see, it’s still in season.  Nice sailing boat.

Well… I think I’ve done enough snaps for a while.  You get some idea of the natural beauty of the place. 

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

One response »

  1. Been out of touch lately but the word “flamingo” got my attention!!!!! Great canvas but the nature photos are just awesome….sure is great to be living here isn’t it? I thank my lucky stars everyday.

    I may have to check out that flamingo canvas and stitch it as you suggested. Sounds adorable.

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