These paintings are SORT of of the numerous tiny orchid that grow right in the water. They are really small, realy delicate...and these, of course, do not really look much like them. I used the photos of those as a starting point then the rest came out of my head.
They are how those orchids SHOULD look. There are also similar yellow flowers (that I do not think are orchids)....also lots of cypress trees and bromeliads.
I didnt see any gators but I did hear the sound they make when they are warning someone off...that "shake the water off their back sort of grumble they do. I didn't want to find out if it was aimed at me so I left.
These paintings are called Big Cypress 1, 2 and 3 (in descending order).