Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Travel Journal - Marshland

Travel Journal- So many INCREDIBLE miles of marshland surround Brunswick, St Simon's and Jeckyll Islands!  I love how many live oaks share those views.....

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Travel Journal - Bellingrath Gardens - Lin Frye

Travel Journal - One of the beautiful  water features at Belingrath Gardens, Theodore, AL

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Travel Journal - Dauphine Island - Lin Frye

Travel Journal - Strong storms predicted for our Mississippi stop changed our plans to return to Theodore, Alabama.   While here, we explored a glorious garden - Bellingrath - and - Dauphine Island - shrouded in mystery and dense fog...

Sunday, February 9, 2020


Every spare bit of land in the cooler north and west of Tenerife is covered with banana plantations.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Travel Journal - Paynes RV Park ' Lin Frye km

Travel Journal -  we left Florida early to try to lessen our drive to New Orleans in the expected storm.  Stopped at Payes RV Park in Theodore, Alabama while the wind and rain met us.  This is  a view out our front window of the pond and wet trees.

Friday, February 7, 2020

sketching common owl, cranes and night heron in Comacchio

Hello, such a long time since I posted anything here.
I hope you had a good start on 2020.
Here are a collection of sketches I did on an outing with friends; I chose a yellowish paper knowing the weather would be gray and misty, and that owls tend to that color.
Pencils, watercolor pastels and an inkbrush were the simple techniques I used.
It was uncomfortably cold and humid, but I like mist and the subdued shades it creates; the dry reeds too were the same color of my paper.

The cranes were in great numbers- 780 counted in a field, many more scattered in the fields that form part of the Park of the Po river Delta. Unfortunately they are very shy and the distance, plus the mist and poor light made it very hard to catch shapes and jizz. They were very busy feeding.
The roost of owls was bang in the centre of the small town of Ostellato. Up to 41 were counted on two pine trees in the garden of a school; they have chosen those trees and stick to them, each owl returning exactly to the same position every morning. It was incredibly easy to focus on them in our telescopes, even too close!
Night herons were on a large willow in one of the ponds, quite visible but also hidden by branches.
A lovely lemon yellow chin, and shades of cool gray will require a fresh drawing on white paper, or will be lost.