There are several habits of mine in this photograph. I have a habit of starting paintings, looking out the window at any movement that distracts me, and not cleaning up when I’m finished. Often, my painting may sit for days before I continue. If I can’t make a decision, I put it away and start new. Many of my paintings take years to complete.
I have a ton of photos I’ve taken over the years of Port Orange Sugar Mill Gardens, but I can’t locate most of them at the moment. I grew up near here, and it’s a popular place for school field trips. It’s a small, but great place to visit with children of all ages, and let them run free and explore.
This little garden has a lot of history. If you look closely at the first photo just to the upper left of the bridge, you might see a dinosaur. (Not a real one, of course!) That’s because this park used to be a family tourist destination from 1948-52 called Bongoland. In other photos shown here, coquina ruins of the Dunlawton Plantation (sugar mill) and some of the machinery used is all that is left after the Second Seminole War in 1836.
Obviously by the name, these giant African snails are not native to Hawaii. Too bad they’re not edible, because they are destructive to local crops and not at all of any use on the island. Read more about them here on the U of H website.