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Mljet – a painting a day

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday I arrived in Mljet after having a bit of an altercation in the queue for very limited numbers of tickets. The quieter but very annoyed English and Spanish people in the queue seemed pleased when I did my outraged English matriarch turn on a queue jumper. He tried to brazen it out but gave in.
This is an exquisite island, there is a nature reserve where the woodland is composed of Aleppo pines, strawberry trees, Viburnum tinus, myrtle, tree heather, junipers various and cistus. There are figs, carobs and olives too. If I had been here in the spring there would have been thousands of flowers,but now it is just a yellow thistle( the Caroline Thistle? ), and what looks like a wild carrot. The fish in sea make snorkeling addictive. I am still pretending to be a feeding octopus by making a little cloud of sediment – it attracts some lovely fish who are then under my nose for a while. There is also a salt water lagoon which is warmer than the sea, in that there are fewer fish but there are some giant bivalves, fan mussels? They look about a foot long.
Here are some pictures one of the tomato and one of Lastovo from Korcula.

 size 6 in x 6 in 15cm x 15cm  watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

#105- a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

104-a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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