On a recent trip to the gulf coast of Florida I encountered wildlife of all varieties — from seabirds, to alligators, to dolphins and tortoises.


What intrigued me were the places where the inspiration for art was drawn from the immediate surroundings.



A very textural copper sculpture of a bird mimicked the fowls seen alongside lakes and ponds.









This whimsical fishlike creature was crafted from many pieces of metal.  It had a skeleton of sorts with each bony piece giving it dimension.


This roadside warning sign was perfectly placed, as I later encountered the tortoises it is meant to protect.






A sidewalk  mosaic was reminiscent of the real thing.  It reminds passersby of wildlife waiting to be discovered just off the beaten path.  My appreciation grew of the art I encountered as that art harmonized with its surroundings.