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A fun day!!!!! [Mar. 27th, 2004|10:19 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
We had such a fun day today!!!! We went to the Plant Sale/Fair thingy at Leu Gardens ( http://www.leugardens.org ). Leu Gardens is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been! I'm going to become a member there so we can go back! It is full of different gardens - "Tropical Stream Garden", "Arid Garden" (desert!), "Butterfly Garden", "Palm Tree Garden", "Cycad Garden", "Bamboo Garden", "Rose Garden", etc. etc. etc. I can't wait to go back and take photos for plant references and stuff!

We were there until about 5:00pm, and then we were driving back on I-4 and saw the big Sea World sign, and were side-tracked by it and decided to go have dinner at their underwater restaurant there. We also visited the manatees, stingrays, sea turtles, etc. and rode on the Kraken roller coaster. I like having our annual passports at all of the parks here, that way if we're must driving by and we want to drop in for a few hours it doesn't cost us anything ;)

Lol, so I didn't get a WHOLE lot of work done today obviously =P So tomorrow I will buckle down and PAINT PAINT PAINT!

I am going to work on my LONG awaited Zodiac series! Yay! I don't think I'll make them fairies though, maybe having it vary by sign - Aquarius for example should probably be a mermaid, and maybe some sort of weird twins for Gemini, etc. I think I'll go in order so - Capricorn first I guess? I'll probably start on that tomorrow! Also lined up I have a new commission for wobblesnorts!!! So I'll be a Painting Jasmine for most of the near future =)

Too late to start tonight though, so I'll talk to you tomorrow!!
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2004-03-27 08:41 pm (UTC)
MANATEES! I do love the manatees. They seem so peacful:)
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[User Picture]From: kaokame
2004-03-27 08:44 pm (UTC)
They are such sweet sea cows. I love them so =)
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From: michellesart
2004-03-27 08:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the perfect day! Good luck with your new series, happy painting!
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[User Picture]From: wobblesnorts
2004-03-27 08:59 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you had a fun filled day!!!! Its so nice to relax going out and get sidetracked the right way!!! I like sea turtles--i wonder what they think about? Don't they live a long time?? Stingrays are quite interesting!!! I never heard of Manatees---okayyyyyy don't laugh and look at each other--so i missed this part of my life too. LOL
Does anyone have any pictures of this one for me?? Anyways--I am glad you had a relaxing day!!! Love ya Laura XOXOXOXO
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-03-27 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Laura!!!!!! OMG - Manatees are wonderful!!! You should read up on them, living in Florida and all!!! They are beautiful, large sea mammals (you might know them as "Sea Cows") and they are so sweet! Here are some links about them: http://www.savethemanatee.org/ http://www.ecofloridamag.com/archived/manatees.htm http://www.fpl.com/environment/endangered/contents/manatee_overview.shtml

A lot of people think that they were what sailors saw when they thought that they were seeing mermaids, lol!!!
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[User Picture]From: krisgoat
2004-03-27 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hay! You stole my idea!! Im gonna make a Zodiac series too!! X3 HEHEH You better get your Aesop's Fables pic done so we can be in that book together!!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-03-27 09:10 pm (UTC)
LOL! ;) Hehe, well, I stole it from the Ancient Greeks ....mwahahha.....

Oh man - I know - I need to pick which Aesop Fable I want to do!!!!!!!! I don't know whether I should go with the Lion and the Mouse (but EVERYBODY seems to be going with that one!!) or the Hen & the Golden Eggs...... aaaah! I wish the Fox & The Grapes was on there, hmph!!!
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2004-03-27 10:37 pm (UTC)
aww, i love manatees, they are so sweet :) hey if you and matt ever want to come to washington i know of several really cool gardens to visit. glad you guys had a great time!
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-03-27 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I am a big admirer of your work, so I added you, I hope you don't mind. I also live in Florida, and if you liked that place, I wanted to recommend some South Florida locations, in case you are ever in this part of Florida:

Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida, on Flamingo Road-

Absolutely beautiful, full of so many different plants, and I saw Hummingbirds there last year in November! Those are very rare in Florida. Also they have some animals. I would go every month if I had the time.

Metro Zoo in Miami, Florida-

Mostly it sucks compared to other zoos, but they have an awesome aviary full of plants that these beautiful birds and ducks all over the place.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-03-28 08:37 am (UTC)
Welcome to my LiveJournal!!! >^_^<

Oooh! I love hummingbirds! I saw one not too long ago - I thought it was a bee or something, but I looked up close and it was just a tiny birdie!!
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[User Picture]From: elfies
2004-03-28 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh I would love to dive with them....Already did with dolphins and bunches of other "sea animals"... now I need to try with sharks and manatees....they seems like a such a peaceful creatures!

I also LOOOOOOOOOOOVE mantas! Etienne was so lucky to dive in group of 10 each one sized 6 meters.......we still have video of it!
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-03-28 08:21 am (UTC)
I swam with them too when I was on a cruise a long time ago with my family...(Too poor to leave the country now) lol

I remember petting one on his underside and he sucked my fingers into his mouht and gummed them a little with those bony ridges they have in their mouth,,,scared me a little at first but then it was really gentle..If I ever win the lottery I want some for pets
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-03-28 09:04 am (UTC)
Hehe - I'm a gemini too!!!!!! ;)
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2004-03-28 04:11 am (UTC)
what a beautiful place that must be ! and a great place for reference photos ... with different horticultural environments .... cool ...
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[User Picture]From: caitygrl96
2004-03-28 04:45 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time yesterday!! =) I can't wait to see your zodiac series. I like astrology!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-03-28 06:21 am (UTC)
tee hee-me and bradley are cancer-silly cancer crabs.
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[User Picture]From: brilliant_snark
2004-03-28 06:43 am (UTC)
Ohhh, sounds wonderful! And SeaWorld too...busy day! We didn't renew our SeaWorld passes this year, but maybe we should go invest again as Mel has recently discovered that she is happy to sit in front of the glass and stare for hours (she was trying to pet the manatees at Living Seas)
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[User Picture]From: wickedshadows
2004-03-28 08:02 am (UTC)

Yay! Sea World!!!!!!!!!!!

Im jealous!!! LOLLL I bet there are all KINDS of fun and exciting things to do down there, and having a seasonal pass to everything comes in pretty handy I bet. hehehe

A zodiac series sounds AWESOME! I cant wait to see them!! Oh and ARIES is first sign in the Zodiac.
Have fun paitning!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-03-28 09:06 am (UTC)

Re: Yay! Sea World!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yes! You are right - I had forgotten about Aries actually coming first, hehe - I was thinking chronologically based on our calendar (January = Capricorn, lol). Aries it is then!!!
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-03-28 08:18 am (UTC)
OOOOOOOOOOh a season pass I am jealous!!! I love Sea world *sigh* I got chosen as a child to go down during the Killer whale show and pet/feed give commands..I have been in love ever since...*wistful* I have a Membership to the Phoenix Zoo!! I am a board member--It's a very nice Zoo with HUGE enclosures for the animals that are just like their wild homes... Also..there is 50 tall Bamboo..Oh I love it there..everything is so wild and "untrimmed" Both of the fairies I drew yesterday ,I drew on that board that you send with your prints LoL !!so THANKS!!! It wont go to waste!!! I'll have to buy more prints to get more (Where do you buy it BTW?)It takes watercolor wonderfully without warping...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-03-28 09:07 am (UTC)
Hehe, the backing board is actually acid-free white Mat board! I buy it in bulk from http://www.clearbags.com (specifically, here: http://www.clearbags.com/?category|BACKING ). It's very versatile stuff!!!
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[User Picture]From: _boxinghelena
2004-03-28 09:21 am (UTC)

Manatees

When I was in college my Marine Ecology senior paper was about Manatees. Not just the ones in Florida, but also in different parts of the world. My keen interest was on the South American fresh water species. They are beautiful mammals, I would love to study them further, also parasites (hehe).
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