Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The weather has finally warmed up to no-jacket spring temperatures.  So I took my painting gear and my camera to a picnic area down by the river.

 The trees are just starting to leaf out and there isn’t a lot of color except scruffy browns and tans.  I decided to just sit in my car to do some sketching.

 While I was setting up I saw a young moose across the river munching on some young willow branches.

 It hung around for a while and then wandered off.

 A muskrat went by with a mouth full of sticks to spruce up her den.

 A pond turtle came out on the bank to catch a few rays of sun.

 Then a boat slowly drifted by with a guy, who looked a lot like Donald Sutherland, and his friend doing a little fishing.

 They probably saw me in the car and wondered why I was staring at them so much.

 They weren’t the only ones after fish.  This seagull had some sort of bullhead or carp and he wasn’t sharing.

 This gull looks like he scored with a small trout.

 Here’s a hawk cruising for mice.

 Way across the river and through my dirty windshield I snapped this shot of a wild turkey.

 Two avocets were doing a little yoga.  Nice tree pose.

 Here’s one that doesn’t have his head tucked in so you can see the curved beak they use to sweep through the shallow water for little bugs and stuff.

 Have you ever seen a two-headed coot? Okay, just kidding.  The brown duck with the red eyes is a cinnamon teal.

 In the end I only managed to finish two sketches but I got a whole lot of photos.

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."  Bertrand Russell


joeh said...

so much going on, and you catch it very well with both camera and brush.

fishducky said...

You sure had lots of company!!

Anonymous said...

You didn't miss much.

Pearl said...

Love your sketches. :-) And what a beautiful part of the world you live in!


Joanne Noragon said...

It felt like a peaceful day.

Jenny Woolf said...

Beautiful photos of spring unfolding. And the sketches are delightful and offer another aspect to the experience.

Val said...

A Donald Sutherland boat is as good as a JoHn Voight car...

Leenie said...

Val: JoHn Voight's car and Gregory Peck's bicycle....

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, what a good day you had!! I love both of your watercolors, too. Just goes to show, it's all in the eye of the beholder.

Linda said...

I hope we start to have no-jacket weather, I'm tired of cold late winter.


Country Girl said...

These are wonderful, Eileen. My husband always wanted to see a live moose and would go to great lengths to spot them while we were in Maine vacationing. I love your play on words with the headline, intentional or not.

In a van . . . down by the river! Shades of SNL.