Category Archives: wildlife

Lift Off

This is a progression from yesterday’s painting and if you’ve ever watched pelican’s take off you’ll know what a lumbering, splashing, flapping affair that is!  It reminds me of the hulking Hercules airplane trying to get off the runway! 
Once these American Pelicans are finally aloft though, you never saw such elegance and grace, and if they’re beautiful solo, they’re absolutely magnificent as they soar together in their squadron formations.

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Launch-ready

“A rare old bird is a pelican”!  and this one wasn’t comfortable with our proximity, so had his wings at half mast, ready to embark on the laborious task of launching himself  airborne. Meanwhile I loved how he was lit up by the sun and so beautifully outlined by the shadowed shoreline.

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Loon @ Police Outpost Lake

I couldn’t wait to attempt one of these extraordinary birds….I’ve only had a few minutes today, so this was a quick drawing in my sketch book, with overlays of watercolour.  Who can resist the fascinating blanket of dots, dashes and squares of white on a shiny black background; those squiggly calligraphic lines through the collar and onto the chest, the magnificent head and bright red eye!? All this is enough, and then!!      there’s the haunting call.  This was a close encounter with nature, and an incredible gift.

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Laughing Loon

Today we have a photo, taken this afternoon while canoeing on Police Outpost Lake.  Right  on our border with the US, and a few miles east of Waterton Parks, this beautiful small lake once was the site of a NWMPolice post, established  in about 1880 to keep an eye on illegal whiskey trade.  We spent a peaceful afternoon watching and photographing loons, bald eagles, pelicans, grebes and more!  This gorgeous loon was really ticked off with us, and though he looks like he’s laughing, he was scolding us in that hauntingly beautiful and echo-y voice.

Good Morning Crow

On the Thursday morning of the rodeo, I wandered over to the grounds to absorb the behind-the-chutes action. There was a “murder” of crows hanging around the bucking horses, raising hell and generally dominating the scene as only crows can do. This guy sat on the top rail and tried out his version of a stare-down with me. I won, and he left.  

As always, it left me wondering about the secret life of crows and all other non-human species.

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From Point A to Point B

One of my favourite daily pursuits is a walk in nature…the prairie, obviously, since I live where I do.  It’s especially delightful from April till September when the meadowlarks are here, intriguing little chiggers that they are.  Everything they do is endearing…like the way they fling themselves into the air and bee-line from fencepost to sagebrush clump……accomplishing what we’re not exactly sure.  

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Sweetgrass and the Milk

This was painted on the ridge overlooking the campground at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. These distinctive hills string themselves in lumps and bumps all along “The Medicine Line” (the American border) like chunks of lapis on a chain.  When the flat plain they rest on plunges into the hoodoos and sandstone of the Milk River’s basin, you have the stuff of legend.
 There have been a lot of legends created in this wild landscape, but that’s for another day.  

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Two Crows Talkin’

Further to our story of the crows from yesterday.  I think the one on the right is the “mom” and the guy on the left is either asking permission or begging forgiveness. What d‘you think? 

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One Crow Hoppin’

On the weekend, while visiting my parents, we were ALL visited by a family of blue eyed crows.  They spent 15 minutes fighting over and endlessly debating access to the birdbath.  They’re so interesting in their interactions with each other, so obviously social and intelligent.  I’d love to know their opinion of us humans and our activities.  Or would I.

 
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Three’s a Crowd

Well I enjoyed every minute of painting this.  I like it SO much better without that garish neon-coloured felt pen!  And it’s a bit whimsical because of the magpie.  It  asks us to wonder what the magpie is going on about….like I think he likes the black horse’s tux and is maybe wanting the number of his tailor?   You can see that our poor sorrel is feeling excluded from the conversation.  There’s always a drama.

10 X 14″ on 140lb Lanaquarelle