A Narrow, Black Water Stream, Chock Full of Mystery
Those of you who have been following The Write Stuff for very long, know that I believe in inspiration boards. The walls around my computer area are covered in cork, where I pin photos and illustrations to inspire me as I write. Actors or models who look the way I picture my characters, animals that might factor into my books, and lots and lots of scenery. Whether it’s an awe-inspiring shot taken from a mountaintop in North Carolina, where my Wake-Robin Ridge series is set, or a dramatic image of an alligator, basking on the banks of the St. Johns River, where my Riverbend series is set, you’ll find it within sight of my work space. Whole scenes have been written, based on ideas that come to me from photos.
If you’ve never collected images for inspiration, I highly recommend you give it a try. In the meantime, here are some of the images I surround myself with when I’m working on my Riverbend series, set here in central Florida. Enjoy! And be inspired! 🙂
Baby Gators on a Log
Not So Baby Gator On a Log
Crystal Clear Rock Springs Run
(And yes, the water really can be that blue and clear!)
(Slightly smaller subspecies of the western cougar)
Crinum Lily Reflected in a Tannic Acid Stained Stream.
(Note: This water is not dirty. It is colored dark brown to black by the same thing that colors your cup of tea brown).
Wekiva River shallows. Picture brings back lots of memories.
Have canoed this stretch many, many times.
St. Johns river at a wide curve.
It opens up into several very large lakes along its course.
Tri-colored Heron (Back)
Little Blue Heron (Foregound)
Great Egret in Full Breeding Plumage
See Ya Later, Alligator!
(That’s all for this time! Be back next week.)
(And my thanks to Doug Little for so many of these photos)