Friday, February 22, 2013
10:11 pm cst
Rockport and Whooping Cranes
To see (or not to see) Whooping Cranes...that is the question. Or where, out there, are they?
Can you see them in the picture? This photo was taken atop the large tower without a telephoto lens. The Texas Coast
How about this photo.....better?
so too. While bird watching and keeping our eyes peeled for the endangered Whooping Cranes that winter over on the Aransas
National Refuge (close to Rockport, Texas), Larry and I spotted eleven of these birds last Monday andTuesday. The first sighting
was at the Aransas National Refuge and the second and third sightings were close to a place called Big Tree located at Goose
Island State Park.
day I was determined to observe these beautiful and rare birds and their juvenile chicks. We found three in one ranchers field,
contentedly pecking away at insects while cautiously watching their surroundings. We stopped outside the barb-wire fence,
alongside the road and quietly observed how they moved.
A couple of blocks away in another field, we spotted two large cranes standing around a deer feeder waiting for the
grain to fall. Interestingly the next day when we returned to observe the birds, the same two were waiting for the feeder
to release grain. In the same field, there was a family of three more Whoopers strutting around a nearby pond that is surrounded
by cordgrass. A couple of Sandhill Cranes were nearby in the same field.
The photos are enlarged from one of the originals I took that day (digital manipulation is a great tool to use).
I'm utilizing information I gained from the trip to develop a painting for Texas Hexes Designs (the series). Here is a
pen and ink sketch that shows the beginning of a painting for the series. As I develop the painting further, I'll post
a weekly update on this painting for you.
Until next week I wish you peace/love; strength/health;
Friday, February 15, 2013
WORKSHOPS and MAKING THE CONNECTION....
8:45 pm cst