Thursday, May 17, 2018

Diving Lesson

It’s bottoms up for the adolescent geese today as their parents take them out on the pond and one big goose demos a legs-in-the-air-waving style!

Sunday, May 13, 2018


This is a postcard-size section of a study for a piece about the pre-history of one of my favorite places.  Small rubber cuts and Caran d’Ache.
And another
And another
And here are some very new goslings and the now adolescents

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Putty Root Blooms! Growing Goslings!

Yesterday the putty root orchids were putting up bloom stems.
Today some of the racemes are branching out!  Last year at this point shiny black miniature beetles moved in and sucked the life out of the blossoms before they could open.  Maybe tomorrow the bloom on the far left will open.  These are such rare flowerings.  This year the adjacent floribunda roses are protecting them from trail walkers and dogs somewhat.
Meanwhile yellow water irises are opening in the pond

and the goslings are turning rapidly into geese.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Goose Movement; Turtle Stillness

Goslings squishing around in wet grass during a shower.  
On the next day under a warm sunny sky turtles bask on a log, a parental goose stands watch.
Yesterday I watched all four parents grooming at one time.  I drew so fast I couldn’t see what the drawings looked like until afterwards.  Zoning.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Gaggle of Goslings

Eleven baby Canada geese pecking bugs from the grass on the shore of Owen Pond as the rain starts to drizzle down;  turkey buzzards circle overhead, but four very stern looking adult geese patrol the area.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tulip Finale, One-Legged Hen and Others

The tulips have healed themselves.

Along the trail on windy yesterday:  new blooms, wind-blown hen, one-legged hen holding her own in the blustery chicken yard, a solitary Canada goose sitting quietly on a bluff above the river deep in the woods.