Estero Reflections Original Painting
The word “estero” means estuary in Spanish; an estuary is a tidal inlet of the sea. Depending on the time of day and the tide, different creatures are active. On one visit to the estero in San Carlos, I watched a group of little egrets feeding on small fish. Two long-billed curlews accompanied them. Many shorebirds depend on mangrove estuaries not only to provide food, but as a safe place to nest and raise their young.
In this painting, I highlight one very beautiful crustacean, the blue crab. Its scientific name, Callinectes sapidus, means beautiful savory swimmer. Blue crabs connected to mangroves, mangroves connected to estuaries; all beautifully in balance.
Among its many gifts, the estuary's shallow water is a safe haven for fish to lay their eggs; where fingerlings can hatch and grow. I saw small schools of fish everywhere, especially during low tide. No wonder this was such a magnet for bird life!
This painting is beautifully custom framed and protected with high-quality museum glass. Framed dimensions are approximately 20" x 40". Three images comprise this one original painting.