|The bridge in the park before the sun is fully up|
|Long shadows at this time of year|
So cooler days, long shadows and early sundowns. I find that I have less energy this time of year. On a recent sunny day I went down to the park to see check on the bird and animal residents. Many birds have migrated south for the winter, others like the snow geese winter here and summer in the "land of the northern sun".
The ducks seemed to be dozing, waiting for the sun to shine on their pond.
|Northern Red Shafted Flicker|
|Red Winged Black Bird|
|Crow rummaging in the fallen leaves|
These squirrels were feasting on the remaining berries or seeds in this tree.
|A pair of squirrels feasting on berries|
No sign of the beaver, but they have been busy here recently.
Most of these rabbits are feasting on black berry leaves but the black one seems to prefer the grass
|Alyssum still flowering in the park|
|Grackle I think|
There has been quite a variety of funghi this year too, but these and the remaining flowers will soon be gone.
Here is some beautiful music for a winters day."There is something about winterwhich pares things down to their essentialsa bare treea black hedgehold their own stark throne in our hearts."Moya Cannon
I finished a commission this week and an image for our personal Christmas card. I do a new one every year and then release it onto the website the following year. I'll show you it in a couple of weeks.
Sometimes it is difficult to know when a painting or drawing is finished. That is true of this drawing (graphite and pencil crayon) of a cat I called "Mattie". I recently took it out and reworked it, now maybe it's finished. Honestly sometimes I need someone to physically take the pencil (or brush) out of my hand and say enough, this may be one of those cases:
|"Mattie" - graphite and pencil crayon cat|