Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wood Storks and Vultures

Last Sunday morning's weather was perfect!!! At 9 a.m. it was 72 degrees with no humidity..... in SC.... in August!!! Really? Yes, indeed!

Rob, the dogs and I piled into the golf cart and made our way down to the 17th hole of the golf course to enjoy a walk along the cart path before golfers invaded.

It was glorious.  There was a good breeze, and in the air, Vultures and a couple of Wood Storks were riding the thermals.  As we neared the green, all the birds landed in a dead, Spanish Moss draped tree. Luckily Rob had his camera and was able to capture the moment.  Once home, I painted the scene in my Stillman & Birn Alpha journal.

This little pond and tree area that sits between the 17th and 18th holes at The Crescent Golf Club course is a favorite hangout for Wood Storks, Vultures, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Night Herons and Ibis. The salt marsh flanks the right side of the golf course along these two holes.  This is where I could pitch my tent and stay forever :)  What a great way to start the day!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Blue Moon

Created with Paper 53 app on my iPad, plein air between 7:45 and 8:15 pm last evening.

Lucked out with having the moon appear between two thunderheads, which eventually swallowed up the moon.

Thanks, to friends  Lee Kline and Ann Thompson Nemcosky for letting me know that this was a Blue Moon of the 'seasonal kind'....  Here is my amended page:

Monday, August 12, 2013

95th PGA Championship Sketches

Rob and I were fortunate to have tickets to Thursday's and Saturday's rounds of the tournament. The weather was Western NY summertime perfect.

Thursday, we parked ourselves under a tree with a good view of the 6th green and the 7th tee. Met some nice folks enjoying the day.  Couldn't believe the crowds.... a sea of humanity,  especially when Tiger arrived in our area. 

After Phil came through, we made our way to the 16th tee box so we could stay ahead of his crowd and then follow him up to 18.  I was determined to get his autograph :)  .... Well, I got Rory's, Justin Rose's and Woody Austin's, but the rain came and we left.  Luckily, Phil made the cut!

We so lucked out picking Thursday and Saturday as our days to attend.  Friday was filled with rain.

On Saturday we made our way to the 13th tee box.  Rob camped there while I went on a bit farther to a spot just down from the 4th tee. I saw this scene on Thursday and was eager to capture it in my journal.  It was mid-morning and the crowds weren't strong yet.

Once I finished this watercolor sketch, I went back to 13 and we stayed there until Phil came through.  Then again, made our way to the 16th tee box.  Once Phil showed up, I walked up to the clubhouse area.  I was determined to get Phil's John Hancock!

I'm ever so happy to say that I was successful :)

I have blotted out the actual  autographs with a Photoshop tool, as I'm unsure of the possible online ramifications.... better safe in this electronic world than sorry.