Tarpon on Fly!

Michelle Nicole Lowe Tarpon Fly FishingA few days ago, I caught my first tarpon on fly!  It was a beautiful, calm morning on the water and just as the sun was rising, I hooked up!  Seeing this 80 pound dinosaur-like fish break the surface leaping out of the water was fantastic.  My excitement was, and still is, indescribable!  Here are a couple photo’s to set the scene for you.  Thank you to Captain Camp Walker for taking me out on an awesome early morning trip of a lifetime.  I am always amazed this beauty is in our ‘backyard’ here in the Keys.

In October, I had the opportunity to attend Sandy Moret’s Fly Fishing School and have been hooked on using a fly rod ever since.  Something about making the fly soar through the air is addicting!  Not to mention teasing a giant tarpon into eating the tiny feathers at the end of your line, seeing them strike the fly, hearing your reel squeal and feeling that strong pull!  Yes, I really am addicted.  I highly recommend the school down here in Islamorada to anyone interested.  No matter your age, skill level or experience, I guarantee you will enjoy every moment.

Stand by for more tarpon paintings, coming soon!

NEW Painting!

Michelle Nicole Lowe Green Turtle Watercolor Painting“Jack”, watercolor on paper, 9″ x 21″

After a visit in the Fall to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, I have a lot of turtle ideas to get painted!  This is my first- this is Jack, who was very curious about the camera I was putting in his tank.  He is a juvenile Green Turtle.

As you may know, my great-Grandfather, Archie Lowe, was a turtle harvester in Key West in the 1940′s.  Back then, they caught Green Turtles and sold them off the docks of Key West to buyers around the world.  I have an article from the Miami Herald, in which he’s quoted saying there weren’t any more turtles in Key West for the season, they’d have to be imported for the rest of the year.  They had no idea they were wiping the Green Turtle population out.  In 1982, Green Turtles became an endangered species, and today, we love seeing them again in the Keys.  The Turtle Hospital opened in 1986 to provide rehab to injured sea turtles, to research and to educate the public- you can visit the hospital, and go on a tour of their adorable patients, in Marathon, FL at MM 48.5 (turtlehospital.org).

Here is a video I took of “Jack” this past September at the Turtle Hospital… enjoy!

Curious Jack at the Turtle Hospital – Click to Watch Video

Gallery Visitors Contemplating A Set of MNL Notecards…

Michelle Nicole Lowe, Art Gallery, Islamorada, Watercolor, Tropical Art, Fish Art, Scuba Art

Huffington Post Articles on Florida Keys, my Gallery

Canadian Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lin-stranberg-/travelling-to-florida_b_4913922.html

US Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lin-stranberg-/from-mile-127-to-zero_b_4855835.html

An Article on Creativity…

Here’s a great article on creative people and how they do and think a bit differently- I can relate to several of these and hope you can do!

Huffington Post article on Creativity

Monterey Bay Aquarium – A Great Place to Do Research!

Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, Monterey, California, Pacific Art, Marine Life Art

 

Painting some Fijian fish today and reminiscing..

Fiji Art, Fijian Art, Marine Life Art, Michelle Nicole Lowe, Islamorada Art

Before and After of the Gallery!

Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, Islamorada, Florida Keys Art, Tropical Art, California Art

Enter to WIN!

Michelle Nicole Lowe Florida Keys and Key WestEnter to win my artwork, and a trip to Key West and Islamorada in January!  Text TWOKEYS to 65047 to enter, deadline is December 16th.

 

Fly Fishing Model Extraordinaire

Michelle Nicole Lowe, Fly Fishing, Sea Hunt Boats

Michelle Nicole Lowe, Fly Fishing, Sea Hunt Boats, Artist

Michelle Nicole Lowe, Fly Fishing, Sea Hunt Boatswww.seahuntboats.com