Sunday, January 27, 2013
So far this year, Sarah and I are 0-2 in our attempts to find Black Phoebes in the Portland area. We have followed up on a few reported sightings because I love flycatchers and a Black Phoebes would make a great addition to our 2013 Oregon bird list.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday was beautiful day to be outside, so Sarah and I chased a few birds.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today we birded the Tillamook area in nicer weather. We birded in the warm sun and found two of the three birds were looking for: a White-tailed Kite and a Northern Shrike. The Palm Warbler will have to wait for another trip.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I was up early this morning, so I scanned some more images from my 2012 Sketch-A-Day project. I chose some of the interesting animals I encountered during the year:
In February, I was able to sketch the characteristics of several Snowy Owls at Ocean Shores, WA.
Like it or not, our backyard is home to several naked-tailed squirrels (my name for Norway rats).
A cooperative Great Blue Heron held a nice pose outside the kitchen window.
This tortoise is one of many herps that live at my friend Geoff's house in New Mexico.
Craneflies love to sneak into our house in the spring and summer.
I was entertained by the Northern Flicker's reveille.
A park in Wenatchee, WA was full of fruit-eating Gray Catbirds
I found this mussel and and its barnacles on a beach walk during the college football season.
My father in law caught this Chinook Salmon in November.
Sarah and I saw this Barn Owl apparition in the Tillamook dairy country.
In December, we met the newest addition to the Oregon Zoo's elephant herd.
Of all these encounters, I had the most fun sketching Snowy Owls because they tend to sit still during much of the day. Which animal is your favorite?
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Now that our last event of the holiday season is complete, we can take down our lights and resume our normal routines.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
In December of 2011 I resolved to sketch something every day in 2012. I bought some sketchbooks and gave myself four rules:
2. Do not use the same media two days in a row.
3. Include at least one organic element (plant, animal, fungi, etc.) in each image.
4. Sketches must be started and completed on the same day.
For the most part I followed the rules. By year's end I had filled four notebooks and two binders with images.
Looking back on the sketches, I notice that some images are quite detailed,
others were hastily constructed,
and some are just weird.
Here is a highlight from each month:
A crab shell I found in January
A view of Mt Jefferson on a windy day in February
A squirrel's back in March
A bumblebee carcass I found in April
Cerambycid beetle and beer in July
August sunrise in Missoula, MT
Dinner ingredients in September
A pie pumpkin in October
A chum salmon fantasy in November
A Barrow's Goldeneye swimming among yarn I bought in Washington in December (Sarah's favorite).
2012 was a great year and it is nice to have a record of each day's experiences. I'll post some more after I get them scanned.