Monday, June 4, 2012

Lake Istokpoga - Part 3

I know...this seems like the never-ending story, doesn't it?  But, there are 3 murals in Lake Placid devoted to Istokpoga.  This is the last one.

The mural is 50' wide by 13' high.  In this one, 2 Seminole Indians, each wearing a different century of dress, are hunting the gigantic alligator.  Behind the Great Blue Heron, a thunderstorm is approaching, making the lake dangerous.

The lake is not a typical lake.  It stretches across 27,692 acres, but its depth only averages 6 feet.  It contains nearly half of all the lake surface in Highlands County.  For thousands of years, nearly all of the water that drains off the Lake Wales Ridge reaches Istokpoga, and then eventually flows into Lake Okeechobee on its way to the Everglades.  Finally, the water flows into Florida Bay.

The artist, Keith Goodson, features the Great Blue Heron, ducks, the white heron and little green heron, red-wing blackbirds that winter here, and the osprey.


The artist has included three little raccoons for people to find.

I have also included a few more shots of the lake from my visit there earlier this year.



Visit other murals here at Monday Murals.

13 comments:

VioletSky said...

Each mural is unique, so one would never get bored looking at their view of this lake.
Did you find the 3 raccoons?

Andy said...

I only spotted one raccoon. Keep those murals coming.

TexWisGirl said...

i LOVE that GBH! such talent in these murals! i don't get tired of them!

jewaicious said...

The mural is lovely, and the history is nice to know. Beautiful captures.

Jan n Jer said...

Awesome..what talent!

kaye said...

that's a pretty impressive mural.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I like the way the lake creatures dwarf the men. The heron looks like the king of the realm. And that gator looks like he's ready to step off the mural onto the sidewalk. I'd give him a wide berth. You have a wondrous supply of fascinating murals to share. Thanks for linking to Monday Mural.

onespoiledcat said...

Incredible mural artistry....looks like that alligator is VERY close to hopping off the mural and hitting the sidewalk!!

Pam and Sam

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty photos Linda. And these murals...me tire of them? No, never.

I wish I could just see them in person WITH you.

La Principessa Errante said...

Gorgeous art work! Fascinating story about all that water.

RedPat said...

It's wonderful! Hopefully that water reaches the everglades and is diverted.

Genie said...

The murals this week are amazing. This one is stunning art work. I have looked and looked but I cannot find the raccoons. Birds and alligator I found. I really need to blow it up to find the others. genie

NixBlog said...

Nice captures and a great mural, Linda.