Young Mangrove, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
This little mangrove wasn't here a few years ago. Somehow, a tiny leave found purchase, hung on long enough to get out holding roots, and little by little the plant has grown. The small mangroves are particularly appealing.
The roots hold the leafy heads high above the water and the leaves on top form a cheerful shape for painting. The roots often glow in the sunlight, and there's always a nice but of shade under the tiny canopy.
If we could get up close without causing chaos, we'd find a little group of small and baby fish swimming among the roots, safe from the mouths of the larger predator fish and shaded from the hot sun.