As Mosquito Creek winds its way from the older, more expansive marshes on the west side of the island to the younger, narrower marshes on the east side, it constricts significantly. It is along this stretch that it cuts three times into the remnant dunes on the east side of the island’s slash pine forest, creating some interesting opportunities for painting compositions. Before South End Road had to be relocated, it was a fascinating bushwhack to reach this trail-less part of the island, and I once nearly bumped my head on a hollow branch containing a fuzz ball of a great horned owl chick. The parents were nearby. It was, and still is, an area worth looking into. This was the first view I captured there, painted almost entirely in situ on an overcast day.
Mosquito Creek Overcast hangs in LSSI’s Michael Cottage.
The location of the viewpoint can be reached on foot, east of South End Road. (Google Maps: 31.24432, -81.29783)
February 20 - May 22, 2016
Morris Museum of Art
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
April 27 - May 9, 2012
The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island
Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2016 exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia, and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia. Contributors include: Philip Juras, essay and artwork; Wendy Paulson, foreword; Kevin Grogan, introduction; Dorinda Dallmeyer, essay; and Janice Simon, essay. Published by the University of Georgia Press, 2016.