Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I witnessed storks on the ground playing tug-a-war with a large stick. The winner flew off with it, landed in a large pine and then propped the stick so it balanced while he(?) preened! It just doesn't get any better than this for me. I could spend the whole day there being a fly on the wall, so to speak :)
I''m practicing a new-to-me sketching technique. I'm using my eyes as a camera and hoping the snapshot I take remains in my brain well enough so I am able to capture my subject on paper. From these initial tries I think I will be building better memory skills, too.
Step one: look. Step two: close your eyes and turn your head to face your sketchbook. Step three: very important.... the first thing you look at is your blank paper. Then you use your recall to sketch what you saw. Wowza, I can't remember anything!!! Right now, my comfort zone is one eye looking through the scope and for the most part, sketching my subject using the blind contour technique. But. practice I will. I have the burning desire to capture birds on the wing and this technique will get me there.
The best? Saw my first ever Roseate Spoonbill!
The SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) studies the storks on a weekly basis. Last week the volunteer that does these studies was able to read a leg band on one of the storks. It turns out that the stork was banded on Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge..... are you ready?,,,,, 17 years ago! Cool :)