Florida Everglades

a river of grass

"There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them; their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltness and sweetness of the their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass."    [Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades: River of Grass, 1947]

Grab your sketch book and sunscreen! We are going to explore the lush and wild Florida Everglades! ...the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, leatherback turtle, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.

The Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flat-woods that are home to hundreds of animal species.

The American Everglades are a international treasure as well as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.

Video Introductions
Florida Everglades National Park
Ecosystem of the Everglades National Park

Florida Everglades History
The Florida Everglades
10 Things about The Everglades

Everglades National Park Wallpapers
FLORIDA EVERGLADES-Paul Marcellini Gallery
Everglades Photographs-Fine Art
Everglades Paintings- Fine Art
Shutterstock- Everglades
Istock Photo: Everglades National Park
Getty Images- Everglades
Getty Images- Everglades Alligators


All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

Everglades Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
(a) manatee
(b) swamp at dusk
(c) albino alligator
bird watcher(s)

*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for September 18, 2021

Coming UP: Canadian Maritime Provinces

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  • Orangeburg, New York, United States